Andrea Bocelli: An Unyielding Musical Genius
From a small village in Tuscany to the stages of the planet, the success story of Andrea Bocelli is solely the story of courage and determination. Despite being blind, he has gone on to become one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. This Italian tenor and multi-instrumentalist has been wowing legions of fans worldwide for decades with his mesmerizing and beautiful voice.
Andrea was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli on 22 September 1958 in Tuscany, Italy. His family lived on a farm, selling farm machinery and making wine for a living. No one in his family had a musical or performance background. But Andrea was fascinated by music, and at the age of six, he started piano lessons, and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and drums.
Andrea had poor eyesight from birth and was diagnosed with glaucoma at an early age. To make matters worse, he became completely blind after a football accident when he was just 12 years old.
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Dr Sajith Cyriac, Ph.D. (Media Education), is the General Editor of Better Yourself Books. He is an established author with 19 books to his credit. He is a former Editor of Inspirational Quote and former Vice Principal of St Pauls College, Bengaluru.