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Nicola Ciccone

Nicola Ciccone

Nicola Ciccone, a Canadian of Italian origin, discovered his passion for singing and writing very early in life. His first songs were written in English at the age of twelve and later in Italian, French and Spanish. In 1998, he won Ma Première Place des Arts contest and immediately picked up his first record contract.

In 1999, while studying child psychology at McGill University and the University of Montréal, Nicola launched his first album, L’Opéra du mendiant. It was an instant success. Not only did the album receive exceptional critical acclaim, but it also sold 60,000 copies.

Four singles released from his first album reached number 1 on Québec radio station hit parades. The singer/songwriter also received four nominations at the 2000 ADISQ Ceremony and two nominations at the 2001 Juno Awards (“Male Artist of the Year” and “Best Selling Francophone album”). After the release of his first album, Nicola took to the stage with two highly-acclaimed tours across Quebec. The grand premiere of his very first show in Montreal was in August 2000. Ciccone’s talent exploded on stage revealing a complete artist.

As a versatile artist, Nicola isn’t afraid to explore other musical channels. At the 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival, he put together a show in English that covered the greatest blues classics.

In September 2001, Nicola Ciccone released his 2nd album, Noctambule, which not only confirmed his great talent as a singer/songwriter, but also as a producer.The album has more of a rock sound and features eleven songs that tell the story of one character’s night-time journey.

Nicola Ciccone’s third album, J’t’aime tout court was released on October 7, 2003. The title song was an instant hit. Week after week, the song remained #1 on radio station hit parades. By the fall of 2004, the album had sold over 100 000 copies. The record company Universal France signed an agreement to release Nicola Ciccone’s album in Europe.

On October 31, 2004, Nicola won his first Felix trophy at the ADISQ Gala, “Song of the year” with J’t’aime tout court. . He was also nominated for “Male Artist of the year”, “Pop Album of the year” and “Show scripter of the year”.

In 2005, Nicola Ciccone was once more nominated at the Juno Awards. Less than 3 months after the release in France, Isabelle Boulay invited Nicola to be the opening act of her show at the prestigious Olympia de Paris.

On May 7, Nicola performed at the Bell Center to a sold out crowd and gave more than 100 shows of the J’t’aime tout court tour across Quebec. His album sold over 200 000 copies and for the second time, on November 18, 2005 he performed at the Bell Center.

In 2006, the ADISQ gave Nicola Ciccone the Prize of Recognition to underline the presence of the album J’t’aime tout court during more than 100 straight weeks on the French sales charts in Quebec.

In April 2006, Nicola began the recording of his 4th album entitled Nous serons six milliards. A first single quickly made its way to the top of the radio charts, the powerful song Nous serons six milliards. Released October 3, 2006, the album reached 75.000 copies and another Gold Record Certification.

On February 9, 2007, Nicola Ciccone began another impressive tour of more than 100 shows and got great critical acclaim.

After big radio success with the first 5 singles, all #1 radio hits, Nous serons six milliards ,Trésor, Mio Amore, Chanson pour Marie, Un ami, Nicola Ciccone was chosen as “Male artist of the year” at ADISQ 2007 . His album Nous serons six milliards was also in nomination for “Best Popular Album of the year”.

After his four previous albums, l’Opéra du mendiant, Noctambule, J’t'aime tout court and Nous serons six milliards, have successfully sold in the hundreds of thousands, the singer-songwriter returned with his newest album Storyteller which was released September 2008. Storyteller, Nicola’s first English recording, is following in suit with the success his previous albums. It has received many accolades and has already spawned #1 songs on the hit parade.

Awards: 2009 ADISQ Male Artist of the Year

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