Francesca Michielin
Francesca after winning X Factor
Background information
Birth name Francesca Michielin
Born (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 23)
Bassano del Grappa, province of Vicenza, Italy
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, bass
Years active 2011–present
Labels Sony Music (2012–present)
Associated acts Elisa, Fedez

Francesca Michielin (born 25 February 1995) is an Italian singer-songwriter. She rose to fame after winning the fifth series of the Italian talent show X Factor. Her first single, "Distratto", debuted atop the Italian FIMI Top Digital Downloads chart and was certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Michielin's debut studio album, Riflessi di me, was released in October 2012, preceded by the single "Sola".

She also appeared as a featured artist on Italian rapper Fedez's singles "Cigno nero" and "Magnifico", both of which achieved commercial success in Italy.

Early life

Michielin was born in Bassano del Grappa, to Vanna Moro and Tiziano Michielin. She has an older brother, Filippo. Her first approach with playing music came studying piano, and she later started studying bass too. At the age of fourteen, she started singing in her hometown's gospel choir. Thanks to her brother, she developed an interest in rock music, and she later focused on artists like Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice.

Music career

X Factor (2011–2012)

Michielin auditioned for the fifth series of X Factor in 2011, singing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". Mentored by Simona Ventura, during the live shows she performed songs including Adele's "Someone Like You", "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors, and "Higher Ground".

On December 29, 2011, during the semi-final, Michielin sang for the first time the previously unreleased song "Distratto]]", written by Elisa and Roberto Casalino.The following week in the finals on January 5, 2012, she was announced the winner, beating runner up vocal group I Moderni. Michielin's prize was a recording contract with Sony Music, with a stated value of €300,000.

After X Factor

Her debut single "Distratto" was released as a digital download EP on 6 January 2012. On 12 January 2012, the song debuted at number one on the Italian Singles Chart, and it was later certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, for domestic downloads exceeding 60,000 units. The song was included in Michielin's debut Extended Play, Distratto, physically released on 24 January 2012. The EP includes re-recorded versions of some of the songs she performed during the live shows. On 17 February 2012, Michielin appeared as a guest during the fourth night of the 62nd Sanremo Music Festival, performing the song "Al posto del mondo" with contestant Chiara Civello.

Michielin's second single, "Sola", was released on 31 August 2012. The single preceded her debut studio album, Riflessi di me, featuring collaborations with producer Andrea Rigonat and singer-songwriters Elisa and Roberto Casalino. Michielin also contributed writing three songs on the album, including the title-track, co-written with Elisa and Virginio Simonelli. Riflessi di me later spawned the singles "Tutto quello che ho" and "Se cadrai". In March 2013, Michielin was featured on the song "Cigno nero" by Italian rapper Fedez. The song, co-written by Michielin herself, was included in Fedez's album Sig. Brainwash − L'arte di accontentare and was released as its second single.

In 2014, Michielin took part in the theatrical performance La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla, with music written by Franco Battiato. The show was held at Teatro Comunale di Bologna on 19 and 20 January 2014. On 28 March of the same year, Michielin released a new single, "Amazing". The song, entirely composed in English, was written by Michielin with Fausto Cogliati and Negin Djafari for the Italian version of the soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

In 2014, Michielin also returned working with Fedez, recording the track "Magnifico" for his album Pop-Hoolista. After being released as the album's second single, the song reached the top spot of the Italian Top Digital chart, and it was certified triple platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

In April 2014, Michielin confirmed she was working on new material. The single "L'amore esiste", produced by Michele Canova, was released on 6 March 2015, to precede her second studio album.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Riflessi di me
  • Released: 2 October 2012
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays

Title EP details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 24 January 2012
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download


As lead singer

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album or EP
"Distratto" 2012 1
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum
"Sola" 13
  • FIMI: Gold
Riflessi di me
"Tutto quello che ho"
"Se cadrai" 2013
"Amazing" 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Italian version)
"L'amore esiste" 2015 10
  • FIMI: Platinum

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album or EP
"Cigno nero"
(Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin)
2013 8
  • FIMI: 2× Platinum
Sig. Brainwash − L'arte di accontentare
(Fedez feat. Francesca Michielin)
2014 1
  • FIMI: 3× Platinum

Album appearances

List of other album appearances
Contribution Year Album
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" 2014 X Factor Christmas 2014
"Le nostre ali"
(Don Joe feat. Francesca Michielin)
2015 Ora o mai più

Music videos

Title Year Director(s)
"Distratto" 2012 Stefano Sollima
"Sola" Marco Salom
"Tutto quello che ho"
"Se cadrai" 2013
"Cigno nero" N/A
"Amazing" 2014 Gaetano Morbioli
"Magnifico" Cosimo Alemà
"L'amore esiste" 2015 Giacomo Triglia

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nomination Work Result
2012 Premio Videoclip Italiano Best Video by an Emerging Artist> "Distratto" Won
Rockol Awards Most Promising Italian Artist/Italian Revelation of the Year Herself Won

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