Malta – Our act of the day is Malta, and we’ll be looking at Gianluca Bezzina, a Doctor by day and Eurovision representative by night! Gianluca comes from a musical family and has 7 brothers and sisters who are all musicians or singers. Gianluca, when he is not healing patients, is the frontman of a popular indie funk band, Funk Initiative. Read more about him…
Gianluca was born on 9th November 1989 and says that he draws on a wider variety of influences as a solo artist. He is mostly inspired by Michael Bublé’s brassy standards, John Mayer’s modern blues, the nu-folk style of Mumford and Sons and Noah and the Whale, while also being deeply captivated by Chris Tomlin’s contemporary Christian music. Gianluca is also a regular singer with his prayer group and has also spent time doing voluntary work among children in Turin, Cairo and Palermo, with the sisters of Mother Theresa.
He started off his music career by playing the piano accordion, eventually shifting his focus to singing in various charity concerts around Malta, including the popular biannual Voices concerts and Rockestra, a yearly event organised by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and held under the Patronage of the President of Malta. It was through one of these charity events that songwriters Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat approached Gianluca with the intention of collaborating. Originally intended to be a radio hit, ‘Tomorrow’s’ feel-good factor combined with its simple yet meaningful lyrics, possessed all the necessary ingredients to take it to the Eurovision stage this year.
His song this year. ‘Tomorrow’ has been written by Boris Cezek who is is a musician and music producer who is known for being a founding member of Doyaya Studios. His recording studio has made significant contributions to the Maltese music scene. Boris also co-wrote Porn the Musical, which enjoyed critically and commercially successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Theatre503 in London. The musical went on to win the prestigious Best New Musical at the Off West End Theatre Awards. As a songwriter Dean Muscat has had songs featured on BBC radio, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and in the UK’s X-Factor magazine. He has worked with several local artists including SALT, Thea Garrett, Raquela DG and Melanie Zammit. Dean joined Doyaya Studios in 2011.
Gianluca recently performed on a local TV show with his musical family, watch ‘Family Bezzina’ performing ‘Tomorrow‘ on Xarabank here:
The Maltese broadcaster has today published the first part of Gianluca’s Amsterdam diary, as he is attending the Eurovision in Concert show this evening. Check it out here.
Read more about Gianluca on his official Facebook page here and follow him on Twitter: @GianlucaESC
Sources: Wiki, Facebook, TVM