Laura Pausini Bio and Video in Rome
Laura Pausini video and biography
Laura Pausini Biography Laura Pausini was born in Faenza, province of Ravenna on May 16, 1974. When she was only eight years old, she began to sing with her father in piano bars. On February 26, 1993, she sang La Solitudine at the Sanremo Music Festival. She won the title in the Young Performer's category. This was the beginning of a music sensation.
Shortly after her win at Sanremo, Laura published her first album, Laura Pausini. It was released in Australia, Europe and Japan and sold over 2,000,000 copies. It topped the music charts, not only in Italy, but several countries worldwide. She recorded a special rendition of La Solitudine for the English speaking market. The lyrics were by Tim Rice.
Laura, her second CD, which was released in 1994, was a music sensation. It included Strani Amori, which brought her third place at Sanremo in the Big category. The album was released in several countries and topped the charts in Italy. Over 4,000,000 copies were sold.
A collection of Laura's first two CDs that was released in Spain became a cult album in North and South America and Spain. Over 1,000,000 copies sold in Spain alone. Her release of Amores Estranos took first place in the prestigious magazine Billboard ranking of Hot Latin Tracks. Billboard hailed Laura as only second to Mariah Carey and the female singing sensation of 1994. This may have had an influence on Laura winning the Lo Nuestro prize in May 1995, in Miami, Florida. She was named the best emerging Romance language singer to hit the US music charts.
The Italian Ambassador to Spain presented Laura with a platinum globe at the Italian Cultural Institute in Madrid in October 1995. The honor recognized her as the first non-Spanish singer to have sold over 1,000,000 copies. Earlier that year, Laura had won the World Music Award. In honor of her status as an International artist, her album, Le Cose Che Vivi was released in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Over 500,000 copies were sold.
Laura has her own songwriter, but often collaborates with him to write her own songs. Her music is always of the highest quality. She's had the honor of recording with the London Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with some of the most well-known pop/rock artists in the world, such as Eric Clapton, Steve Ferrone and Phil Collins.
Laura won the new IFPI Platinum Award in 1997, for the 1996 sales of her albums. This enabled her to reflect on her music, which spurted growth that was apparent on her album La mia risposta.
In 1999, Pavarotti, the world famous tenor, organized the annual show in Modena. Laura sang the duet, Tu che m' hai prieso il cuor with him. She released her fifth album in 2000, Tra te e il mare. It was also released in Spanish.
Laura Pausini had sold over 25,000,000 albums just a decade after making her debut at age eighteen. This is sensational, as she had not yet broken into the English speaking market. She sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican Christmas mass in 1998. The same year, she sang for Barbara Streisand's birthday. In 2002, she released her album From the Inside Out for her crossover to the English speaking market. The album didn't do well. However, she then released Resta in Ascolto Escucha and once again hit the top of the music charts. The album was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Album in the Latin Grammy class in 2005.
Today, Laura has fans in countries around the globe that describe her as a singing sensation. Her albums continue to be popular in a variety of languages. Laura has sold over 26,000,000 albums since 2004, including one Diamond Album and 160 Platinum Albums.
By Mary M. Alward