Born in 1981, Raphael Gualazzi is a singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, musician and producer. Meeting Caterina Caselli in 2009 led him to signing a record deal with Sugar. He participated in the Sanremo Music Festival 2011 with “Follia d’amore”. It was an astonishing triumph, winning the first place in the Newcomers’ section, the “Mia Martini” Critics’ award, the Sala Stampa Radio e Tv award and the Premio Assomusica for the best live performance. He came second in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with “Madness of Love”. His second album, “Reality and Fantasy”, firmly established his place on the international stage when he performed in the first International Jazz Day, held in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. His third album, “Happy Mistake”, released in Italy and France in 2013, fully reveals the artist’s eclectic nature and includes very diverse musical genres. After another successful participation in the Sanremo Music Festival, he set off on a triumphal tour around Europe, accompanied by an original team of 9 international musicians. He was back in the Sanremo Music Festival in 2014 with The Bloody Beetroots, presenting an original project in which jazz, blues, electronic and gospel music come alive in a new way. The artistic duet won the second place with “Liberi o no”. His début with cinema music was with Pupi Avati, for whom he wrote the entire soundtrack of the film “Un ragazzo d’oro”. He will take part in the Sanremo Music Festival 2020 with “Carioca”, which precedes the new album scheduled for release in February.