Artist Profiles: Marco Mengoni

We were first introduced to Marco Mengoni back in 2013, where he took to the Eurovision stage with the song L’essenziale. With a simple performance and flawless vocals, Marco ended up in 7th place at Eurovision.  Outside of the Eurovision realm, the Italian singer-songwriter has had a lengthy career, and is considered one of the biggest stars in Italy.

Who is Marco Mengoni?

Marco Mengoni is 32 years old, and originates from Ronciglione, a city in the Lazio region of Italy. During his younger years, he studied industrial design while also taking singing lessons. After leaving school, Marco moved to Rome where he studied languages. While studying, he also worked in a bar and performed at different events. His first steps into the music business included working as a sound mixer and music programmer.

The Journey to Eurovision

Marco Mengoni rose to fame after participating in the third season of The X Factor Italy, where he auditioned with a cover of Eduardo De Crescenzo’s ‘Uomini Semplici’. He was mentored by Morgan in the 16-24’s category, and went on to win the competition. His winning single, ‘Dove si vola’ debuted at number one on the Italian Top Digital Downloads chart. The song was featured on an EP later released which featured an original song, as well as covers from his time on the show.

In 2010, Marco Mengoni participated in the Big Artists section of Sanremo, where he finished third with the song ‘Credimi Ancora’. The song was featured on his second EP, ‘Re Matto’ which held the top spot on the Italian Albums chart for four consecutive weeks. In the same year, Marco was voted the Best Italian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards as well as Best European Act.

In 2011, Marco released his first full length album which was titled Solo 2.0. The album debuted at number one on the charts, and was certified gold.

In 2013, Marco participated in Sanremo once again, this time with the songs ‘L’essenziale’ and ‘Bellissimo’. Marco went on to win Sanremo, however it was an internal jury who selected him for Eurovision. A shorter version of ‘L’essenziale’ went on to represent Italy at Eurovision, where he finished in 7th.

What Happened Next?

Just before his appearance at Eurovision, Marco released his second studio album titled #prontoacorrere. Both his Sanremo songs featured on the album, as well as future singles, Pronto a Correre and Non Passerai. Both singles entered the Top 10 in Italy.

In 2015, Marco released his third studio album titled ‘Parole in Circolo’, the first instalment of a two-part project. Three singles were released from this album, and they were ‘Guerriero’, ‘Esseri Umani’ and ‘Io Ti Aspetto’. The former reached number 1 in the charts and was classified 6x Platinum.

The second album in the two-part project was titled ‘Le Cose che non ho’ which featured another chart topping single titled ‘Ti ho volute bene veramente’. In the same year, he was voted Best Italian Act and Best European Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards for the second time.

In 2018, Marco released his fifth studio album, Atlantico. In 2021, Marco returned with two new singles, with the latest titled Ma Stasera.