Andrea Bocelli

Active - 20th Century  |   Born - Sep 22, 1958 in Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy  |   Genres - Music [nf]

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  • Lost his sight at age 12 as the result of a head injury suffered during a soccer game.
  • After graduating from law school, he was a defense attorney for a brief period.
  • Got his big break in 1992 when Pavarotti heard a demo for "Miserere," which led to a tour with the Italian rock star Zucchero.
  • Sang for Pope John Paul II on four occasions.
  • In 2006, was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
  • His 2009 My Christmas CD, which featured such standards as "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells," hit No. 2 on the Billboard chart.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.