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Giovanni Caccamo (born 8 December 1990 in Modica, Sicily), also known as Joe, is an Italian singer-songwriter. After being discovered by singer Franco Battiato and producer Caterina Caselli,[1] he won the Newcomer's section of the Sanremo Music Festival 2015, with the song "Ritornerò da te", and released his debut album, Qui per te.

Giovanni Caccamo
Giovanni Caccamo.jpg
Background information
Born (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 28)
Modica, Italy
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2012-present
LabelsSugar Music
Websitegiovannicaccamo.it

He also worked as a television presenter, and he dubbed the character Uku in the Italian version of Pixar's short film Lava. As a songwriter, he penned songs for Italian recording artists Malika Ayane, Francesca Michielin and Emma Marrone.

Early lifeEdit

Giovanni Caccamo started singing as a child. In 2001, during a Zecchino d'Oro TV special celebrating the Mother's Day, he performed as part of the Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano, a children's choir from Bologna.[2]

CareerEdit

In 2009, Caccamo began working in RAI, as part of the cast of the Rai Gulp's show Music Gate, presented by Georgia Luzi and Michele Bertocchi, and produced by Rai Ragazzi and the Institute of Antoniano. During the TV programme, he appeared as a VJ, under the mononym Joe.[3][4]

In 2010, he auditioned for the fourth edition of the Italian TV series X Factor, but was eliminated by Mara Maionchi during the Home Visits.[5] Maionchi later selected Caccamo as her potential new finalist of the contest during the 8th live show. He performed the song "50 Special" by Italian pop band Lùnapop, but the public vote selected Anna Tatangelo's contestant Marika Lermani, and he was therefore eliminated.[6]

In the same year, for 30 episodes, he was part of the cast of Social King, hosted by Metis Di Meo [it] and Livio Beshir [it], which also aired on RAI. In the summer of 2012, he met Franco Battiato and opened some of his tours, including special shows with Antony and the Johnsons.

On 15 August 2013, he released his first single, "L'indifferenza" written by himself and produced by Franco Battiato and Pino Pinaxa Pischetola.[7]

From November 2013, he started performing in several private homes throughout Italy and Europe, singing and playing piano, as part of his Live at Home Tour.[8] The initiative was taken in March 2015 in anticipation as part of the official tour of Qui Per Te. During that time, he was part of the radio show Edicola Fiore hosted by Rosario Fiorello.

In October 2014, he signed a recording contract with Sugar Music.[5]

In 2015, he competed in the 65th edition of the Sanremo Festival and won in the newcomers' section with the song "Ritornerò da te"; He also received the "Mia Martini Critics" Award, the Emanuele Luzzati prize, and the Sherman Press Award (Press Radio-TV).[9][10]

He has since then appeared in many concerts and music festivals, including as an opening act for famed singer Biagio Antonacci.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
ITA
[11]
Qui per te[12]
  • Released: 10 February 2015
  • Label: Sugar
  • Formats: CD, digital download
29
Non siamo soli
  • Released: 12 February 2016
  • Label: Sugar
  • Formats: CD, download
30
Eterno
  • Released: 9 February 2018
  • Label: Sugar
  • Formats: CD, download
41
[13]

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Certification Album
ITA
[14]
"Mezze verità" 2012 Non-album singles
"L'indifferenza" 2013
"Ritornerò da te" 2015 33 Qui per te
"Oltre l'estasi"
"Distante dal tempo"
"Via da qui"
(with Deborah Iurato)
2016 35 Non siamo soli
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Writing creditsEdit

List of songs written or co-written by Caccamo and performed by other artists
Song and co-writers Year Artist Album
"Adesso e qui (nostalgico presente)"[15]
(written with Malika Ayane, Pacifico & Alessandra Flora)
2015 Malika Ayane Naïf
"Tutto questo vento"[16]
(written with Francesca Michielin, Gianclaudia Franchini & Federica Abbate)
Francesca Michielin di20
"Finalmente"[17]
(written with Alessandra Flora)
Emma Adesso
"Da sola"[18] Deborah Iurato Sono ancora io
"Sentirò respirare"[19]
(written with Andrea Nardinocchi & Placido Simone)
2017 Chiara Nessun posto è casa mia
"Giorni bellissimi"[20]
(written with Alessandra Flora)
Elodie Tutta colpa mia

Sanremo Music Festival entriesEdit

List of Sanremo Music Festival entires, with competing section and final results
Year Section Song and writer(s) Final result Additional awards
2015[21] Newcomers "Ritornerò da te"
(Giovanni Caccamo)
Winner
  • "Emanuele Luzzati" Award[21]
  • Critics' Award "Mia Martini"[22]
  • Press, Radio, TV & Web Award "Lucio Dalla"[22]
2016[23] Big Artists "Via da qui" (with Deborah Iurato)
(Giuliano Sangiorgi)
3rd place

FilmographyEdit

Television and films credits
Year Film Role Notes
2015 Lava Uku

Voice role – Italian dubbing[24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli/musica/2013/08/07/news/giovanni_caccamo_il_pupillo_di_battiato_e_pensare_che_l_ho_pedinato_sulla_spiaggia-64435718/?refresh_ce
  2. ^ "Sanremo 2015, Giovanni Caccamo: intervista al vincitore dei Giovani - VIDEO" (in Italian). Rockol.it. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ "RAI: Music Gate, nuovo format dal 10 ottobre su Rai Gulp". PrimaOnline.it. 23 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Giovanni Caccamo – Biografia" (in Italian). RAI. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b Gianmarco Regaldi (25 October 2014). "Giovanni Caccamo: Una nuova scommessa per Caterina Caselli" (in Italian). AllMusicItalia.it. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "X Factor 4, ottava puntata: esce Damiano, Stefano ancora dentro. Ascolti a picco". Euromusica.org. 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Franco Battiato produce L'indifferenza di Giovanni Caccamo" (in Italian). Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Il pupillo di Battiato che suona direttamente nelle case dei fan". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 1 November 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.repubblica.it/speciali/sanremo/edizione2015/2015/02/13/news/sanremo_quarta_serata-107218377/
  10. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/6WL4Gvygv?url=http://sanremo.allmusicitalia.it/sanremo-2015-quarta-serata-eliminati-tatangelo-raf-fabian-biggio-e-mandelli.html
  11. ^ "Italian Charts – Giovanni Caccamo – Albums". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  12. ^ Massimiliano Longo (27 January 2015). "Giovanni Caccamo. Ecco la copertina del disco d'esordio Qui per te" (in Italian). AllMusicItalia.it. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 7 (dal 2018-02-09 al 2018-02-15)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  14. ^ Peak chart positions in Italy:
  15. ^ Gianni Sibilla (23 January 2015). "Sanremo 2015, l'ascolto in anteprima delle canzoni dei Campioni" (in Italian). Rockol.it. Archived from the original on 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  16. ^ Alessandro Alicandri (23 October 2015). "Francesca Michielin, di20: tutto sul nuovo album". Panorama (in Italian). Archived from the original on 20 November 2015.
  17. ^ Antonella Nesi (26 November 2015). "Emma: Dal sesso all'impegno, ecco come sono Adesso" (in Italian). Adnkronos. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Deborah Iurato torna Da sola: il nuovo singolo su Radio Italia" (in Italian). Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Ecco tracklist e autori dell'album di Chiara Galiazzo che giovedì sarà sul palco dell'Ariston con Mauro Pagani" (in Italian). AllMusicItalia.it. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Tutta colpa mia è il nuovo album di Elodie: tra gli autori Abbate, Amara, Zibba, Ermal Meta, Jack Jaselli e molti altri" (in Italian). AllMusicItalia.it. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  21. ^ a b Cristian Scarpone (13 February 2015). "Sanremo 2015 – Quarta serata: eliminati Tatangelo, Raf, Fabian, Biggio e Mandelli" (in Italian). AllMusicItalia.it. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  22. ^ a b Alessandra Vitali (14 February 2015). "Sanremo, escono Tatangelo, Raf, Fabian, Biggio&Mandelli. Caccamo vince le Nuove proposte". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  23. ^ Alessandra Vitale (14 February 2016). "Sanremo, trionfo Stadio, seconda Michielin, terzi Caccamo&Iurato". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  24. ^ Valentina Ariete (16 September 2015). "Inside Out: Il nuovo capolavoro Pixar con due voci d'eccezione: Malika Ayane e Giovanni Caccamo" (in Italian). Radio DeeJay. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015.