The young Italian tenor trio Il Volo consists of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, all of whom were contestants on the talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone (â€œLeaving You with a Songâ€�) in 2009. The singers, who were in their mid-teens at the time, were individual contestants on the show. However, the producers decided they should sing â€œO Sole Mioâ€� together on an episode of the show in May of that year, and Il Volo -- which means â€œflightâ€� -- was born. The trio won the competition and quickly became popular in Europe, representing Italy on Quincy Jones' charity single â€œWe Are the World: 25 for Haitiâ€� and performing at the 60th Annual Sanremo Music Festival in February 2010. The trio recorded their first album in London, Los Angeles, and Rome with producer Humberto Gatica, opting for a mix of standards, classic Italian songs, and material penned by contemporary songwriters such as Diane Warren. Il Volo's self-titled debut was released in Europe in November 2010 and earned platinum status; it arrived in the U.S. in May 2011, when the group also performed on American Idol.. The CD/DVD Il Volo Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House arrived the following year. ~ Heather PharesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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