People Magazine voted Bocelli one of their 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 and he also earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for Sacred Arias, his classical album that simultaneously held the top three spots on the US Classical Albums charts. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, and his duet with Celine Dion titled "The Prayer" won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Bocelli was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on March 2, 2010 for his Live Theatre contributions.
He is well regarded by his famous icons. In 2009, Elizabeth Taylor said "My mind, my soul were transported by his beauty, his voice, his inner being" after seeing his Hollywood Bowl performance. Celine Dion has stated, "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." Jazz singer Al Jarrea and producer David Foster have both declared Bocelli's voice to be "the most beautiful voice in the world." Oprah Winfrey announced on her talk show "when I hear Andrea sing, I burst into tears."
Bocelli established the Andrea Bocelli Foundation in 2011 in order to "empower people and communities in situations of poverty." "I strongly believe that love does justice", he says. "And it is for this simple reason that we are all responsible for building a better world."
In addition to his foundation, he has also participated in numerous charity benefit concerts such as the Michael Jackson benefit in 1998, the Memorial Concert at Ground Zero in honor of the September 11 victims, and the Music of Asia festival in 2004 for the Indian tsunami appeal. He performed at the 52nd Grammy Awards alongside Mary J. Blige and David Foster in order to raise awareness for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He also performed at the Children in Need Rocks Manchester concert in November of 2011.
Bocelli worked alongside his hometown of Lajatico in 2006 in order to build an outdoor theatre named "Teatro del Silenzio" (The Theater of Silence.) Every July, for one night only, Bocelli performs a concert there. Every other night of the year, it remains silent.
Bocelli is a dedicated Catholic and is passionately pro-life. Doctors had advised his mother to abort Bocelli in the womb due to his disabled eyesight. Thankfully, she did not, and her decision formed the foundation of his beliefs. Nevertheless, he chooses not to talk about his blindness when it can be avoided, asking interviewers to "go to the next question". In regards to religion, he states, "Religion has the first place in my life. I do not think anyone can ever do anything without the help and will of God." "It is not Christian to go against someone. I am in favor of life. And, of course, personally I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily."Return to the previous page
|Date of Birth:||22-09-1958|
|Net Worth:||$40 million|
|Ex. Wife:||Enrica Bocelli|
|Alma Mater:||University of Pisa|
|Profession:||Singer-songwriter record producer|
|Birth Place:||Lajatico, Italy|