Francesco Gabbani (born 9 September 1982) is an Italian singer and songwriter. He rose to fame after winning the newcomers' section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 with the song "Amen". The next year, he went on to win the main section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2017 with the song "Occidentali's Karma", and will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Life and career
Gabbani released his debut album, Greitist Iz, on 27 May 2014. He was then signed to BMG Rights Management in 2015. The following year, he was announced as a competitor in the newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2016 with the song "Amen", which went on to win the competition. The song also won the Mia Martini Critics Award. "Amen" was released as the lead single from the album Eternamente ora, and was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.
In 2016, Gabbani composed the soundtrack of Italian comedy film Poveri ma ricchi, directed by Fausto Brizzi. The song "Foglie al gelo" was released in December 2016 as a single from the film's soundtrack album.
Gabbani returned to the Sanremo Music Festival the following year, winning in the "Big Artists" section with the song "Occidentali's Karma". As a result, he also became the first performer to win both sections of the Sanremo Music Festival in two consecutive years.
Eurovision Song Contest
After his win at Sanremo 2017, it was revealed by RAI that Gabbani had accepted the offer to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in Kiev, Ukraine, with the song "Occidentali's Karma". As Italy is a member of the "Big Five", he will automatically qualify to the final, held on 13 May 2017. As at the current time, the song is the favourite with most bookmakers to win the competition.