My journey began on a plane flying from Venice to San Francisco. It was August 8th, 2014. I was 19 when I left.
In a certain way, everything that happened before is someone else’s story. It’s definitely the story of the ones who got to know me years ago, who saw me growing up, who believed I had an opportunity to make a difference, and who said I never will. Today I can say that my story belongs to me, I create it with the choices I make every day.
Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a great passion for music. When I was seven I convinced my parents to get a piano, I learned to play it and now I use it to write the songs that you’ll soon be able to listen.
There were times I thought that being on stage to sing was the only thing that could make me feel really good. Now I love the stage even more, and the reason is that I know I don’t need it to be happy. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. Being there is wonderful, it’s pure magic, but I don’t need to get up there and see people applauding to feel fine, that’s not the most important thing in my life. I think the family that you have and the one you choose are important too. And this is why now I feel I have much more freedom to express myself and give all I have when I’m performing. I had to go to the other side of the world to understand certain things, to see new places, get to know other traditions, other songs, other people. And it’s been such a valuable experience because in this journey I can’t and don’t want to be just a singer; I owe it to the people who listen to me and I owe it to myself as well. I still want to be moved by music, be curious, admiring and respectful of it and of who creates it. I really think that music goes beyond itself. Like every other art form, it’s about life, and to be able to give life to your art you should have lived, done something new, have something to say. The artists that I admire are the ones who bring their life into their music.
So this is not my “last stop”, but the beginning of a journey. I chose to explore and experiment with my songs, to tell the stories of those who can’t tell them by themselves, together with the stories of someone who didn’t have a voice but now does. Me.