Francesca Michielin was born in Bassano del Grappa, on 25 February 1995. She began studying piano aged nine, then bass from the age of 12. In 2011, aged only 16, she won the fifth edition of X Factor, taking home a recording contract with Sony Music, who released her first single, Distratto (written for her by Elisa and Roberto Casalino) on 6 January 2012: the single won the Best Italian Videoclip Award (New Act).
The song shot to the top of the iTunes charts and within weeks was a double platinum winner.
On 24 January, she released Distratto, her first EP – a certified multiplatinum containing the title track and five covers chosen from the classics performed during X Factor.
Her first Sanremo Festival appearance was on 27 February 2011, singing Al Posto Del Mondo alongside Chiara Civello, just before Distratto was chosen as the soundtrack for Cristiano Bortone’s film “10 Regole Per Far Innamorare”.
On 31 August, radio stations started playing Sola (certified gold), the preview single from Francesca’s first album, Riflessi di Me, released on 2 October, with Elisa providing artistic supervision and Andrea Rigonat as artistic producer. Following two more singles, Tutto Quello Che Ho and Se Cadrai, on 1 March 2013 airplay began of Cigno Nero, a hit track that saw Francesca (co-author) in a duet with rapper Fedez. The track was a number one hit and a certified double platinum.
In March 2014, Francesca Michielin was part of the prestigious The Power of Electro project and the only Italian among the host of international stars. She penned and performed Amazing, a song selected for the soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film. The video clip went straight to the number one spot on iTunes.
On 31 October 2014, she released Magnifico, another duet with Fedez and another runaway hit: top of the charts and of airplay, with a video attracting tens of millions of views, plus quintuple platinum certification.
L’Amore Esiste, the preview single from the album of new songs, arrived on 6 March 2015. A poignant ballad by Fortunato Zampaglione and Michele Canova (the single was certified double platinum) with a video exceeding 30,000,000 views. This song won the Premio Lunezia in 2015.
In the run-up to the album release, Francesca recorded singles Battito di Ciglia (released on 10 July) penned in partnership with Fortunato Zampaglione and Michele Canova; and Lontano, written by Fortunato Zampaglione, released on 25 September.
The exciting new album of 11 new songs, “di20”, was released on 23 October 2015.
After the release of 25 Febbraio, another track from di20, entirely penned by Francesca and a tribute to her birthdate, she began her first real tour so she could meet her fans, with six dates in Italy’s top clubs. In the show, which she defined a “wandering musical autobiography”, she took the stage alone, playing an impressive six instruments: piano, guitar, bass, drums, TC-Helicon and glockenspiel. This experience was a stepping stone for Nice To meet You – Acoustic Live Solo, the EP containing live versions of the songs performed on tour.
Francesca’s solo Sanremo adventure began on 9 February 2016, with her first time on stage at this national festival as one of the “bigs”. She competed with Nessun Grado di Separazione, written with Federica Abbate and Cheope, and immediately caught the attention of viewers and the technical panel, who voted her runner-up to Gli Stadio, a landmark band in Italian pop music.
On 12 March her Nice To Meet You tour was extended to include six more dates, all sell-outs, while Nessun Grado di Separazione continued to ring up a series of triumphs: platinum certification in just nine weeks, taking its place in the top chart of the highest number of airplays since its release, and collecting more than 14,000,000 views on Vevo in ten weeks.
The song was chosen by Italy’s RAI television corporation to represent the country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
For this event, Francesca has recorded an international version of the song, titled No Degree of Separation, with the original Italian lyrics enhanced with an English verse to add impact to her message.
Francesca reached Stockholm after a six halt journey titled “Beat The Street”. It began in her hometown Bassano del Grappa and touched Wien, Varsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen ending in Stockholm.
Along this travel, Francesca played in the most important local places as in front of the Wall of Berlin and the Sala Kongresowa in Varsaw.
Her partecipation at the Eurovision Song Contest deserves No Degree Of Separation (reached #16 in the final ranking) the presence in 15 european charts and the Australian Spotify “Top Viral 50” too.
After the international ESC experience Francesca successfully toured in Italy with Di20areLive. In the meanwhile the single Un cuore in due was successfully released in summer and Francesca’s songs were once more on soundtracks: Almeno tu was chosen to be on Piuma soundtrack, the film was shown at 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival, while Tu sei una favola was on Ballerina (animation movie) soundtrack.
2017 Francesca spent much time working together with her producer Michele Canova in LA and July 21st “Vulcano” was released, lead single on her brand new upcoming album.
On November 17th “Io Non Abito al Mare” was released, the second single from “2640”, the new album out on January 12, 2018