(born Alessia Aquilani
, 19 May 1967) is an Italian singer. Before recording in Italian in the 2000s, she made records in English in the 1990s. Many of those were international hits. Before her solo career she was the vocalist of Ice Mc.In her career she has sold over 6 million records with 10 top-ten single, of which 4 number-one hits and numerous international sales certifications. She has performed at the Festivalbar for nine times, and four times at the Sanremo Music Festival in which she has earned, besides several music critic awards, three second-places, and has won one in the 2003.Early workAlexia was born in La Spezia, Liguria, and from a young age regularly entered singing talent competitions.She started working for Italian producer Roberto Zanetti (better known as Robyx) in 1990, as a back-up singer to several of Zanetti's eurodance acts on his DWA label, including Double You and Ice MC and notably featured on many of the latter's biggest hits such as "Think About The Way" (on the Trainspotting
soundtrack), "It's A Rainy Day" and "Russian Roulette". When Ice MC left DWA, Robyx turned his attention to Alexia, and the pair wrote the song "Me And You", which included the vocals of "Double You". The song was a big international hit and was followed the next year by "Summer Is Crazy" and "Number One", which again were international hits.
In early 1997, recording began on Alexia's debut artist album Fan Club
with the final international single from the album, "Uh La La La", preceding it. Unlike her previous singles which were all Eurodance, "Uh La La La" was a slower pop track and would become her breakout hit, becoming a European summer anthem for 1997, hitting the top 10 in many countries.In early 1998, Alexia officially signed to Sony Music through their subsidiary Dancepool which had released some of Alexia's previous singles in certain territories. After this, work began on breaking her in the UK market and a special remix was commissioned. The resulting Almighty Edit propelled the track into the UK Top 10 and was also a hit in Australia. Simultaneously in Europe, Alexia released "Gimme Love", the first single from her second album The Party
, which saw her begin to branch away from Eurodance towards Europop, causing disappointment amongst some of her fans. Later that year "The Music I Like" (her first Eurodance single since 1996's "Number One" was released across Europe, followed by "Keep On Movin'".1999 saw the release of her third album Happy
, along with the singles "Goodbye" and "Happy", with Alexia switching to the Epic label. The album did not have as much success as Alexia's previous albums and her career began to decline outside Italy, with the release of "Goodbye" in the UK being delayed then ultimately cancelled.
After five years with Robyx and the DWA team, Alexia released The Hits
a compilation of all her international singles, along with new track "Ti Amo Ti Amo". Shortly after the release, Alexia decided to leave DWA and Robyx as she wanted to expand her sound and audience beyond eurodance. In November 2000, she duetted with Gianni Morandi on his single "Non ti dimenticherò".In 2001, her fourth album, Mad For Music
, was released and this was the first album she had co-produced. The album and its two singles, "Money Honey" and "Summerlovers", only saw release in Italy but did not meet with the same success in her home country as her previous music had.
In 2002, Alexia abandoned eurodance and started singing almost exclusively in Italian. She made her first appearance at the Sanremo Music Festival in 2002, coming second with "Dimmi Come", which was on her fifth album Alexia
. Two more singles followed, "Non Lasciarmi Mai" and "Hasta La Vista Baby". To satisfy international fans, an English version of the album was released, with "Don't You Know" (the English version of "Dimmi Come") meeting limited success in France and Australia. Following this, Alexia's music would be released solely in Italy. The following year, Alexia returned to San Remo with the song "Per Dire Di No" and winning. The song was from her 2003 album Il Cuore A Modo Mio
, which also contained the single "Egoista".Her most successful Italian album was released in 2004, Gli Occhi Grandi Della Luna
, which featured two singles: "Come Tu Mi Vuoi (You Need Love)" and "Una Donna Sola".In 2005, Alexia released her second greatest hits album spanning her Italian hits, Da Grande
. The lead single from the album Da Grande
came second place in the women's category at the 2005 Sanremo festival. After a musical break, Alexia returned in 2007 with a new song, and her first digital download single, "Du Du Du". Following its release, Alexia left Sony Music.
In 2008, Alexia released her first studio album in four years entitled Ale
and a new record deal with Edel. The album was preceded by the single "Grande Coraggio" and later followed by "Guardarti Dentro". In 2009, Alexia once again participated in the Sanremo festival singing a duet with Mario Lavezzi entitled "Biancaneve". The song was a big hit in Italy, reaching the top 10 and being Alexia's biggest hit for some time. Following this, a re-recorded version of Ale
was released entitled Ale & C
, which contained three songs from Ale
re-recorded as duets, two songs re-recorded in English and two new tracks. "We Is The Power", a duet with Bloom 06 was released as the second single, followed by "E Non Sai".On June 22, 2010, Alexia released her newest album entitled Stars
. Only one single single, "Star", was released on June 11. In July 2012 a new single "A Volte Si A Volte No" was released in Italy. In February 2013 Alexia announced a new version of "Summer is Crazy" would feature on her upcoming album.Alexia has sold over 7,000,000 albums worldwide.
In October 2005, Alexia married Andrea Camerana, Giorgio Armani's nephew, and in February 2007 they had their first child, a girl named Maria Vittoria.