Annalisa Scarrone (born 5 August 1985) better known as simply Annalisa or Nali, is an Italian singer-songwriter, Record producer and TV personality. After being part of two bands, Elaphe Guttata and leNoire (Ex Malvasia), she became famous after participating in the tenth edition of the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi in 2010–2011, where she finished in second place. Subsequently, Annalisa participated in the Festival of Sanremo 2013 with the song “Scintille” and finished ninth.
Annalisa participated in the Festival of Sanremo 2015 with the song Una finestra tra le stelle and finished fourth. In 2016, she returned to the Festival of Sanremo with the single Il Diluvio Universale finishing eleventh, and came back in 2018 with Il mondo prima di te finishing third. She received several awards, including a MTV Europe Music Award, a Wind Music Award and a Lutezia Award for her songwriting works, and nominations at the Kid’s Choice Award and World Music Awards.
She has recorded 6 albums and 24 singles, receiving 3 Platinum disc and 5 Gold discs, and selling over 910,000 copies. She also wrote songs for other artists including Gianna Nannini, Fedez, Benji & Fede and collaborated with Antonello Venditti, Gianluca Grignani, Marcella Bella and Nomadi.
- Early life
She grew up in Carcare and studied music and singing from an early age. From the age of 13, she worked as a bartender and musician. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Turin in Physics.
- Music career
2011-2013: Nali, Mentre tutto cambia and Non so ballare
In 2011 Annalisa took part at the 10th edition of the Italian talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi where she finished second and also received the Premio della critica. In March 2011 her first album Nali was released; it reached number 2 in the official Italian album chart by FIMI and was certified platinum. Her first single “Diamante lei e luce lui”, that reached the ninth position in the official Italian single char in 2012, was certified gold. In addition this single won the Premio Videoclip Italiano 2011. Her second single “Giorno per giorno” was released on 27 May 2011.
“Senza riserva”, from the second album Mentre tutto cambia, was released on 16 March 2012 and later certified platinum. The second single of her second album was “Tra due minuti è primavera”. The last single from Mentre tutto cambia was “Per una notte o per sempre”. At the end of the same year Annalisa sang Pirati that featured on the DVD, Blu-ray 3D e Digital HDTM of the cartoon film L’era glaciale 4-Continenti alla deriva.
In 2013, she participated at the Sanremo Music Festival and finished ninth, with the single “Scintille”. At the same time, her third album Non So Ballare was released and reached the sixth position in the official Italian album chart. Also during 2013, Annalisa represented Italy at the OGAE Song Contest with the song “Alice e il blu”, the second single from the album Non so ballare, and finished third. At the same time, she had two nominations for Best female artist and Best video with the song “Alice e il blu” at World Music Awards. She subsequently represented Italy at the International Song Contest: The Global Sound with “Scintille”, and in November won the competition. The third single from Non so ballare was “A modo mio amo” and its videoclip was a collage of the previous ones.
In December 2013 Roberto Casalino, the author of many Annalisa’s songs, announced that “Tutto Sommato” from the second studio album Mentre tutto cambia, featured on the soundtrack of the Dutch movie, Toscaanse Bruiloft. In January 2014 the album was released in the Netherlands and “Tutto Sommato” featured as a single. For these reasons, in January 2014 the singer was sent for the first time abroad to promote the film and her first album published abroad. The film also contains the two bonus tracks of the digital version of the Dutch iTunes album, the song “Non so ballare” and the unreleased song, “Capirai”.
2014-2016: Splendente and Se avessi un cuore
On 1 April 2014 she made a guest appearance on Incredibile, the new studio album of Moreno, featuring on the song “Ferire per amare”. On 14 April 2014 is revealed in the official Facebook page of the singer that “Sento solo il presente” is the single that anticipates the release of her fourth studio album. The song was released in Italy on 5 May 2014. It reached, the seventh position in the official Italian single chart.
In May 2014 she worked as an author of the song “Siamo amore” for the competitor of the thirteenth edition of the talent show Amici, Giada Agasucci. She and Marco Ciappelli wrote the lyrics of the song, while the music was written by Francesco Sighieri and Diego Calvetti. “Siamo amore” was added to Giada album called Da Capo and was released as a single on 20 June 2014. In September 2014 she released the single “L’ultimo addio”. The text of the song was written by Annalisa and Marco Ciappelli, while the music was written by Francesco Sighieri. Annalisa collaborated with Italian rapper Raige, on the single “Dimenticare”, released on 9 December 2014.
On 14 December 2014, is announced as a competitor of Sanremo Music Festival 2015 with the song, “Una finestra tra le stelle” and finished fourth. Along with the songs “Sento solo il presente” and “L’ultimo addio, Una finestra tra le stelle”, anticipates the release of the fourth album. On 23 January 2015, through the official page of Facebook of the singer, is also announced the title of the new album, Splende, available from 12 February. Were announced the first two dates of the tour, on 1 April, at the Teatro Nuovo of Milan and 3 to Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome, with pre-sales open from 26 January.
On 8 March 2015, Una finestra tra le stelle is certified gold for sales over 25,000 in digital and on 8 May 2015 is certified platinum for sales over 50,000 in digital.
Her fourth single from Splende, called Vincerò was published on 15 May 2015 and on 7 September 2015 was certified gold is certified gold for sales over 25,000 in digital.
Annalisa announced 12 September 2015 in their official Facebook page, the output in the same month of the fifth single. With a countdown game, with images for clues on 14 September announced the name of the song, Splende. The single will released for 18 September.
In 2016, she participated at the Sanremo Music Festival and finished eleventh, with the single Il Diluvio Universale. The song anticipated her fifth album, Se avessi un cuore, which debuted at number four on the Italian Album Chart. On 15 April 2016, the singer published her second lead single, Se avessi un cuore, which was later certified gold by Fimi.
2017-2020: Bye Bye and seventh studio album
Tustyle 7 February 2018 cover Mondadori
On 30 August 2017, the singer revealed she was working on the new discographic project and after a month, the first single, Direzione la vita, has been released. On 16 February 2018 the whole album Bye Bye has been released. The album peaked at number two of FIMI’s chart, receiving later the gold certification. Annalisa took part at the Sanremo Music Festival for the fourth time in 2018 and finished third, with the song Il mondo prima di te (English: The world before you). the song becomes the one that has reached the highest position of the singer in the Italian chart, peaking at number three. In 2018 she publisched other two singles: Bye Bye and Un domani, both certified platinum with over 50,000 copies sold.
In 2019 Annalisa realised a new collaborative song Vento sulla luna with italian rapper Rkomi. She revealed a new discograsphic project coming in 2020. On April 13, 2020 the second lead single of the upcoming album Houseparty was publisched. In 2020 Annalisa collaborated with J-Ax on Supercalifragili, as the third single from rapper’s album Reale, and with Achille Lauro in Sweet Dreams.
In September 2020, the singer released her seventh studio album Nuda, with the third single “Tsunami”.
The singer will be participating at the Sanremo Festival 2021, with the single “Dieci”.
2012 Mentre tutto cambia
2013 Non so ballare
2016 Se avessi un cuore
2018 Bye Bye
Il Mondo Prima Di Te – Sanremo 2018