Andrea Bocelli, GRANDE UFFICIALE OMRI (born 22 September 1958) is an Italian tenor, multi-instrumentalist and classical crossover artist. Born with poor eyesight, he became totally blind at the age of twelve following a soccer accident.
From the release of his debut album, “Il Mare Calmo della Sera,” after winning the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival, with the song of the same name, in 1994, to the release of his first holiday album, “My Christmas,” the best-selling holiday album and one of the best-selling albums of 2009, he has sold over 70 million copies woldwide. Thus, he is the biggest-selling singer in the history of Classical music.
He is widely regarded as the most popular Italian and classical singer in the world.
In 2006, Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and on March 2, 2010, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contribution to Live Theater.