Earlier in 2017 when young Matteo Bocelli participated alongside Jennifer Lopez in a shoot for Guess, many assumed he was just another upcoming model, little did they know that there was much more to him. He left his audience completely stunned after he performed a duet alongside his iconic Italian tenor father, Andrea Bocelli. Their single titled ‘Fall on Me’ from Andrea’s 2018 album, ‘Si’ was well received by fans and since then, the young talent has been garnering an admirable number of followers who just can’t get enough of him.
His debut public performance was accomplished at an Italian open-air amphitheater located in Lajatico, Tuscany, popularly known as the Teatro del Silenzio. Matteo first performed there when he was just 18. March 2017 saw him joining the David Foster and Friends competition which was organized for the Horatio Alger Award in Washington. At the moment, Matteo Bocelli is gradually drawing attention for his singing talents away from the shadows of his father who has been his major influence since childhood.
Matteo Bocelli Was Raised In a Musically Inclined Family
Born in Forte Dei Marmi, Italy, on the 8th of October 1997, Matteo Bocelli is the son of the music legend Andrea Bocelli and Enrica Cenzatti, his first wife. The Italian national spent his early years alongside an older brother, Amos Bocelli who was born on the 22nd of February 1995 and is known for his works as a pianist.
Matteo also has a younger half-sister, Virginia Bocelli, who was born out of the relationship between Andrea Bocelli and his manager – Veronica Berti – after the end of his marriage with Matteo’s mother. Veronica later became Matteo’s stepmother following her marriage to Andrea on Virginia’s second birthday. Veronica is also well-known for her musical talent, having performed alongside her husband on numerous occasions. She was also featured in his fifteenth studio album titled ‘Cinema’.
Matteo’s dad is best recognized as one of the best tenors of our time, despite the fact that he was born with very poor eyesight which left him completely blind following a football accident. He went against all odds to become an international celebrity with 15 solo studio albums, and nine complete operas to his credit. His records sale thus far sits at over 90 million. For his contributions to the arts, Bocelli was appointed a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Even though Matteo Bocelli’s parents have long divorced, they were both heavily involved in the upbringing of both Matteo and his older brother Amos. However, his father took up residence with his second wife, Veronica, in a villa located in Forte Dei Marmi while the two Bocelli brothers lived in the old family house with their mother.
He Started Showing Interest In Music Right From a Young Age
Having heard his father’s scintillating voice from the day he was born, Matteo Bocelli got accustomed to classical music. Right from his childhood, the young talent has always shown signs of inheriting his father’s musical genes. He began studying the piano at a very tender age and by the time he hit his teens, the rising star developed a love for sports. However, it is obvious that music is his forte as he studied vocal performance at the Lucca Conservatory.
Although he had piano lessons, Matteo has an ardor for singing such that he began performing for his mother when he was a kid. In 2016, his father, only being aware of him playing the piano very well, was surprised when Matteo Bocelli’s mother revealed to him that his son could also sing so well. Afterwards, his father began coaching him and equally worked with the youngster in the studio.
The Young Star Began His Musical Career In His Teens
With the type of stimulating environment he grew up in, Matteo’s musical talents flourished under the influence of his father’s guidance. The young talent inherited his dad’s musical gift in addition to his renowned soaring vocals. In 2016, he put his musical career to a start by performing as a tenor at Teatro del Silenzio, an outdoor theater which was built in his hometown, Lajatico, with the influence of his dad.
— Matteo Bocelli (@bocelli_matteo) July 19, 2019
Working as the honorary president of the theater, Andrea has been performing for one night only, every July since Teatro del Silenzio was opened in 2006. It was during the concert in 2016 that Matteo performed in the presence of twelve thousand attendees. He additionally delivered an impressive performance on the opening night of Celebrity Fright Night in Florence that year. Then, the next year, the music artist sang at Palazzo Patti for ‘Pitti Uomo 91’ before gaining immense popularity for his participation in the David Foster and Friends Competition.
Matteo Bocelli Garnered Global Recognition With The Help Of His Father
Following his performances in many musical events, Matteo Bocelli became known in the music industry. He, however, cemented his celebrity status in 2018 when he was featured by his father in his single ‘Fall on Me’. He further featured in another single from Andrea Bocelli’s sixteenth studio album ‘Si’ titled ‘Ven a Mi’.
‘Si’ debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and UK Album charts after recording sales of 126,000 album-equivalent units in the United States and 25,829 copies in the United Kingdom. Since the release of the album on October 26th, 2018, Matteo and his father have performed ‘Fall on Me’ on many TV shows, as well as music events, thus projecting Matteo Bocelli to a wider audience.
More so, the duo’s single ‘Fall on Me’ was featured as the end credit song in the 2018 Disney movie, The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. They also performed the song on Dancing With the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing and the Royal Variety Performance in 2018. In the following year, they further performed at the 2018 Summer Universiade in Naples, as well as Italy’s biggest music festival, Sanremo Music Festival where the father-son duet was watched by more than 10 million viewers.
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— Matteo Bocelli (@bocelli_matteo) June 12, 2020
As a soloist, Matteo Bocelli has had performances in several countries including Rome, Russia and Canada. He was featured in ‘Can You Feel The Love’, a single from ‘The Disney Goes Classical’ album released on 2nd October 2020. He is currently working on a solo Extended Play which would be released at the end of the year.
He Has Made Approximately $7 Million From His Music Career
Having began his career in his formative years, Andrea Bocelli’s son ought to be living a lavish lifestyle. Down the years, he has gathered earnings from his live performances and collaborations with his father. Matteo, however, has not made his financial value public at the moment, although, several sources claim that the singer has a net worth of $7 million.
On the other hand, his father who is widely regarded as one of the most popular singers in the world, has accrued a whopping net worth of $100 million from his successful efforts in the musical world.
The Young Musician Was Rumored To Be Involved With Bella Hadid
There is absolutely nothing to go by with regards to Matteo Bocelli’s relationship history, though his sexual orientation is believed to be straight. The upcoming star is perceived to be single; the only known woman he has been linked to is Bella Hadid who works as a model but speculations have it that she is just an old family friend and not romantically involved with Matteo. Besides Hadid, the handsome singer has not been connected to any other romantic partner.