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(Alessia Aquilani) See also her interview by ZeljkoVujkovic.
Alexia was born on the 19th of May 1967 in La Spezia. Since she was a child she had an irresistible attraction to music. When she was 7 years old she began studying piano and voice at school. Her family, noticing at such an early age her singing and performing talents, decided to point her in the direction of a musical career. It was during this time she won more than 50 song-contests achieving the title of 'Little wonder'. When Alexia was twelve she studied dance. In the meantime Alexia kept on doing shows in clubs, becoming familiar with the stage and live crowds.
When she was a teen she joined a very famous pop group in La Spezia, called 'I Ragazzi Migliarina'. After finishing school she started working as a full-time singer, doing many shows during the summer. During one of these shows she was contacted by a manager of a group, working in disco's, and he asked Alexia to be their lead singer. This was the start of her professional career in the clubs, without giving up her studies of opera and classical music. Alexia also founded her own group called 'Brother Machine'.
This was the time when Alexia first met Robert Zanetti (her producer, better known as Robyx). Roberto's sister Viviana had told him about Alexia as she heard her singing in a club with withher band. He came to listen for himself and approched her, asking if she would like to go to the studio for an audition. So in 1989-1990 Alexia entered the DWA team, at first as a studio vocalist. She did vocals on Lita Beck - It's Alright and on Two For Love Hold Me. She co-wrote lyrics of Wilson Ferguson - Sometimes with Robyx.
In 1991 Roberto asked Alexia to take part in the Ice MC project. She did all the vocals on his album Ice'n Green. In 1992, she released as single under the name Alexia Haslip entitled Take Care Of Your Life, composed by Giuseppe Cominotti, released under the label Future Rhythm.
In 1993/1994, the great success came and Alexia and Ice MC did shows all around the world. Meanwhile, she gave her voice to many other DWA products : Alexia Cooper, Digilove, Fourteen14, Galactica, Gray Neve, KU, Due... She also sang the background vocals of DoubleYou's hit Please Don't Go, and two songs on his Blue Album.
In 1995 Alexia released her first solo-single (also featuring Double You), called Me And You. This single was released in August and just a few days from its release, it made waves everywhere reaching the top spot in Italy and in Spain. 1995 was also a very tragic year for Alexia, since she lost her dad Agostino.
After that great eurotracks followed, like Summer Is Crazy (released in May 1996, with a remixes CD released in August, #31 in France, #36 in Austria, and #25 in Switzerland) and Number One (#36 in France).
In 1997 her album Fan Club was released, one of the best Eurodance albums of the year. The album also was released in America, with a different title: Fun Club. With the euro reggae track Uh La La La Alexia had her biggest hit all over Europe, although it took almost a year of airplay. In several countries this track was released two times. First in 1997, and later in 1998 again. It ranked #10 in the UK, #13 in France, #16 in Switzerland, #15 in the Netherlands, #6 in Austria, #5 in Sweden and #7 in Israel. With this track it seemed that Alexia had said goodbye to eurodance, because the follow-up Gimme Love (# 16 in Israel, #36 in Sweden and # 17 in the UK) almost was a copy of Uh La La La.
The second album was also a disappointment for Euro fans since it was filled with ballads and euro reggae. Only The Music I Like was a good old eurodance song. It song was released as the follow-up to Gimme Love with some terrible remixes (it appeared on the soundtrack of the popular TV-serie 'Baywatch'). It reached #22 in Israel and #34 in UK. In 1997 a single entitled Hold On was released, but only in Brazil. It's a very hard-to-find item...
Alexia's first single of her third album was called Goodbye. It was released on the 8th of July in Italy. Goodbye was made in the 'Alexia-style', but is more pop than dance with less electronic instruments and some guitars on it. The sound has a '70/80's feel to it with a catchy chorus and an intense melody. The Italian musician Marco Canepa was involved in this project by Robyx for the musical arrangements. The single was # 3 in Israel.
Alexia's third album Happy was released at the end of August. It contained 12 songs that have a pinch of each style of music, from dance to R&B, from pop to sweet ballads. According to DWA, each track on the album was so good, that each one was a possible single. Among the tracks were Goodbye, Happy, Change Your Life, Baby Baby Baby, Let The Music Play and Te Amo.
Alexia will present the new live show which consist in herself performing live + his guitarist Paolo Mirabelli + 1 DJ doing tricks with his Technics turntable (his name is Theo) while Alexia sings accappella... Alexia sings everything on any music played by DJ Teo.
The latest single released by Alexia with Robyx entitled Ti Amo Ti Amo, and it peaked #12 in the Italian charts. After the release of her album The Hits in June 2000, Alexia left her producer Robyx to sign under Sony. She said that she came to the moment where she wanted to show her complete talent. On October 19th, 2000 the new single Non Ti Dimenticherò featuring Gianni Morandi was released in Italy only. The next single to be released was planned to be Baby Baby Baby from the latest album The Hits, with no precise date.
2001 : Alexia released her new single Money Honey which was followed by a new album entitled Mad For Music already out in Italy. She started a live tour in Italy (first appearance in Rome on the 15th of July) and appeared at Festivalbar on the 3rd and the 10th of July. Money Honey peaked # 4 in Israel's Dance Chart.
The following single was Summerlovers, which was written by Alexia and M. Marcolini, remixed by Vanni J.
2002 : Alexia's brand new single is Dimme Como (Don't You Know), a track totally sung in Italian. It was released on the 6th of March, from the forthcoming album simply entitled Alexia. It was quite succesful in Italy, reaching #4 in the charts. This album was planned for the 8th of March, it contained 9 Italian songs and only one it English. Sad news for all eurodance lovers : her style will now be soul-related.
On the 5th of March, Alexia took part to the San Remo festival (broadcasted on Rai Uno), the biggest national Italian song contest. Her song reached #2...
Alexia's next single was Non Lasciarmi Mai, and it was played a lot on the Italian radio stations. The next one was be entitled Don't You Know (the English version of Dimmi Come) and it was released in the 25th of June... in France included (where it was not very succesful, though appearing in the local charts at #70). Afterwards Alexia is released the English version of her album Alexia... Her tour started in Iatly on the 10th of July.
Alexia was nominated to the "Italian Music Awards" (broadcasted on the Rai 2 on the 2nd December). Her next single to be released in Italy was entitled Hasta La Vista.
2003 : Alexia released a brand new album called Il Cuore A Modo Mio. In March she won the Champion award at 2003 San Remo festival. Her single Per Dire Di No peaked #11 in the Italian charts.
In May she released her new single, Egoista. She also did a tour in Italy. In September she sung a duo entitled Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu, with opera singer Andrea Bocelli at the Auditorium of Roma.
2004 : after taking a little break to rest from the year 2003 which was very intense to her, Alexia came back in studio to record a new album. She collaborated with the producers Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters (known for producing hits for pop stars such as Anastacia) for the song Come Tu Mi Vuoi (You Need Love), and with Diane Warren (who worked with big names like Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin) on the song Se Te Ne Vai Cosi (I Want It To Be Me). Come Tu Mi Vuoi was the first single to be taken from the new album Gli Occhi Grandi Della Luna. The song Una Donna Sola was not released as single, but it was played a lot on Italian radios.
2005: Alexia took part to Sanremo Festival and was second in the women category with the song Da Grande, which was afterwards released as single (scoring #18 in the Italian charts), followed by a new album of the same name. This album featured Alexia's biggest Italian hits, along with three English bonus songs, as well as the previously unreleased song Mai Dire Mai.
Mai Dire Mai was released for the radioplay on 29th April. It is not sure wether this song was later released as single or not. Alexia did a tour in Canada in May and June. In June, Alexia was chosen as godmother for the third edition of Renault Italy Safe N'Sound campaign for the road safety. She will sing a totally new song on the album which will be realeased with Renault
Then she started her summer tour in Italy in July. The new single Une Donna Sola was planned for radio release the same month.
Alexia wrote and performed a song entitled Vola Via for the Italian version of the new Barbie 3D movie "Barbie And The Magic Of The Pegasus".
In October 2005, Alexia married Andrea Camerana, Giorgio Armani's nephew.
2006 : Alexia's single Uh La La La was covered by the Polish project Blog 27. In November, she announced that she would soon become a mother.
2007 : during the first 6 months Alexia was busy caring about her baby daughter Maria Vittoria, born on Valentine Day. Her new single Du Du Du was released for radio play on 13th July. The song was written by Alexia and Carlo Gargioni and was available for Italians only.
2008 : Alexia's new album should be released in April, according to what she declared during a show on Rai Uno in January. After Blog27, Crapman made a hands-up cover of Alexia's hit Uh La La La.
Her new single Grande coraggio (meaningin "Great Courage"), a rock song, was presented on the radio on May 30th. In August, Alexia did a special live concert in Pekin, for the Olympic games. Two videos were filmed for the release. It was the first video clips Alexia had filmed since Da Grande.
Her next single was Guardarti Dentro (meaning "To Look At You Inside"). The video featured Italian actors Roberto Farnesi, Kledi Kadiu, Primo Reggiani, Rossella Brescia, Giorgia Surina and Roberta Scardola and premiered at the Roma Videoclip Festival. The single reached number thirty five on the Italian itunes chart. As the single was a one track release from an album that was already out (and did not differ to the album version), no separate download or artwork was issued
In October, Alexia was selected to represent Italy at Globalone Music, worldwide music project uniting the talents of platinum selling artists covering 20 countries over 5 continents. She will record a song specially written for the event, and contribute to a collective song entitled Lately. Both will be included on a double CD compilation to be released in March 2009.
2009 : Alexia took part to San Remo festival in February with Mario Lavezzi, but did not win. The title of the song was Biancaneve. Summer is crazy was covered by Finnish artist Virpi Rakkaus - Hulluu.
She re-recorded her last album with other Italian artists, such as Madame Sisi and Jeffrey from Bloom 06 (former Eiffel 65, with an English electro-pop remake of Il Branco entitled "We" is the power). The new album was entitled Ale & C.
Alexia's new single was the one she recorded for Globalone Music project. Called Come Nessuno, it featured the rising star Andrea Dianetti. The song was released as a digital download on May 19th, 2009. A video was filmed for the song with each language version dubbed over it. No artist involved appeared in the video...
Then, "We" Is The Power was released on 12 June. It was the first Alexia release in English since You Need Love.
E Non Sai (meaning "And You Do Not Know") was the third single from Ale & C, and was released on 9th October, with the video following on October 18th. Once again, no separate download or artwork was issued since this duet with Madame Sisi did not differ from the album version.
2010 : Alexia's new album Stars was at first planned to be released in 2010. It was then postponed, and in May a short preview was published for the fans... In June, the new single Stars was released, along with a studio videoclip. In September, the title of her new single was revealed : I dreamed a dream. In November, Alexia's single Grande Coraggio was included on Christmas compilation Caro Papà Natale.
2011 : in July, Alexia gave birth to her second daughter Margherita
2012 : more than 15 years after, there are rumors about Alexia recording a new single with Ice MC.
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The biography was last updated Sat, January 19th 2013
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Latest Alexia news
03/06/2013 : Alexia's next album will be entitled iCanzonissime and it will be out on June 11th. Among others, it includes the cover songs that Alexia sung during I Migliori Anni show, as well as her current single Io No. (Thanks to Krasi)
01/04/2013 : Discover the videoclip of Alexia's new single Io No (thanks to Nathan Roby).
10/03/2013 : A few minutes ago, Alexia performed her new single Io no during Rai1 show I Migliori Anni. A new album is planned for June and it will include some new versions of her hits (such as Dimme Come).
21/07/2012 : Discover the videoclip of Alexia's current single A volte sì a volte no. It was directed by Stefano Bertelli and produced by Seenfilm.
02/07/2012 : Alexia's new single will be entitled A volte sì a volte no. (Thanks to Eurodance Blog)
02/03/2012 : Alexia will perform on Saturday March 3rd for a charity concert in Ponte di Legno and Tonale. Along with other Italian VIPs, she helps collecting funds to help rebuilding the "Casa del Sole" in Yopougon, Ivory Coast for Terre des hommes Italy. This association carries out humanitarian relief and international development projects in child protection. More infos here. (Thanks to Eurodance Blog)
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