Divo - Biography
Italian for "divine male performer", is an international
operatic pop vocal group under the Sony BMG music label. Il
Divo is formed by singers Carlos MarÝn, Urs BŘhler, David
Miller, and SÚbastien Izambard.
idea behind Il Divo's creation came to Simon Cowell after
listening to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's rendition
of Con Te Partir˛. Aware of this new appreciation for
lyrical voices and classical music, he decided to form a
multinational quartet (Spain,
Switzerland, France, and United States) that sounded like
The Three Tenors and looked like Armani models.
this idea, Cowell commenced a worldwide search for young
singers who were willing to embark on the Il Divo project.
His search lasted two years, from 2001 until December 2003,
when the fourth member of Il Divo, American tenor David
Miller, was signed. The well-established formation of Il
Divo comprises a renowned Spanish opera and zarzuela
baritone, Carlos MarÝn, two classically trained tenors,
Swiss Urs BŘhler and American David Miller, and a French pop
singer, SÚbastien Izambard. Recording of their first album
started in the first half of 2004 in Sweden.
group's debut album, the self-titled Il Divo,
contains renditions of Toni Braxton's hit "Unbreak My Heart"
(Regresa A Mi), Frank Sinatra's hit "My Way" (A Mi
Manera), an adaptation of Ennio Morricone's soundtrack
titled "Gabriel's Oboe" from the movie
La Misiˇn titled "Nella
Fantasia" and 1994's San Remo Festival winner "PasserÓ". Il
Divo sings in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and Latin.
hit the #1 slot on both Amazon.com and
after a breakout career-defining appearance on The Oprah
Winfrey Show on
April 5, 2005, where the quartet performed its interpretation of
Toni Braxton's hit "Unbreak My Heart" titled "Regresa A Mi."
United Kingdom, the Il Divo album topped Robbie
Williams as number 1 in the UK charts (allegedly Williams
said to them during the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
film premiere, "Oi, you're the bastards that knocked me
off!"). This multiplatinum-selling CD became number one in
the charts in a total of 13 countries around the world, and
achieved top 5 placing in 25 countries.
Divo's second album, Ancora, was recorded in both
Sweden and London with world-renowned recording giants Per
Magnusson and David Kreuger and producer Steve Mac, who was
also the producer of their first album. Released on November
7, 2005 in the UK, it hit number one both in the UK and
Australia within one week. Ancora was released in the
on January 24, 2006. It entered the Billboard albums chart
at number 1, selling more than 150,000 copies during its
first week of sales.
Highlights on Ancora include "Isabel", "I Believe In
You (Je Crois En Toi)", a duet with CÚline Dion, a Spanish
version of Secret Garden's "You Raise Me Up"(Por Ti SerÚ),
and Il Divo's cover of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself". Two of
the tracks on the UK and Australia release of this CD, "O
Holy Night" and "Ave Maria", appear on the 2005 US-only
release, The Christmas Collection.
just completed a 6-month World Tour (USA, Australia and
Europe) with sold out performances of songs from Il Divo
and Ancora, in later 2006 Il Divo will be the opening
act for the Barbra Streisand North American Tour.
group, which has been honoured in the 2006 edition of the
Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Multinational UK
No.1 Album Group, performed the 2006 FIFA World Cup official
song "Time Of Our Lives" with R&B singer Toni Braxton live
at half time during the 9th June kickoff match and again at
the 9th July closing ceremony, preceding Shakira. The song
is written by Swedish songwriter, J÷rgen Elofsson and is
available exclusively on Voices .
Divo's upcoming third album "Siempre" (Always in
spanish) will have a total of 12 songs for which they have
collaborated with Steve Mac, David Foster and Per & David in
the production. The songs in this album include new
arragements of "Nights In White Satin", "Caruso", "Without
You", "Somewhere", "You Raise Me Up" and a new version of
the song "Music" from the 70's renamed Musica, and
re-arranged by it's original british composer John Miles.
Original songs composed for this album include "Un Regalo
Que Te Dio La Vida" (A Life Given Gift, spanish), "La
Vida Sin Amor" (Life without Love, spanish), "Una
Noche" (One Night, spanish) and "Come Primavera" (Like
Spring, italian). This CD will be in stores on November
December 4, 2006 Il Divo will release a new live DVD titled
"Il Divo Live at the Greek Theater". It's a recording of the
live concert given by Il Divo earlier this year (June 27,
2006) at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. It
includes performances of Regresa a Mi, Solo Otra Vez,
PasserÓ, Isabel, Nella Fantasia, Rejoice, Pour Que Tu
M'aimes Encore, I Believe in You, Senza Catene, Every Time I
Look at You, Si Tu Me Amas, Feelings, Mama, Somewhere, Heroe
and A Mi Manera (My Way).
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