November 12, 2019

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Gianluca, the lead vocalist of the band Funk Initiative decided to give the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a try with the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. It was his debut in the competition and it could not have ended any better, finishing ahead of favourite Kevin Borg following the jury vote and garnering the second most support from the general public which is undoubtely amazing for an absolute newcomer. The young male vocalist has gone on record stating that music is more of a hobby noting that his full time profession is that of a doctor but nevertheless, the role of the former has seemingly changed following his successful result at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Malta had not managed to finish in the top ten for eight years prior to Gianluca with Chiara and her self-penned entry Angel finishing in second place back in 2005. Qualification has always been a tough hurdle but the nation has succeeded on two of the last three attempts which is definitely a positive sign. Since returning to Malta, Gianluca has been in contact with several promoters who have been wanting him to perform in events both locally and abroad, some of which are yet to be unveiled by his respective management. Apart from negotiating appearances, the male artist has been busy working on his debut album which officially saw the light yesterday during a launch held at Calamatta Cuschieri in Valletta. 

Album Title: Waiting for Tomorrow

Released: 29th July (International)

Waiting for Tomorrow, the debut album by Gianluca is published by Albam Records, an independent record label based in the United Kingdom. The material on the collection was recorded for the past two years and it literally sees the male vocalist use his skills to the very best. Musically, people who enjoyed his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest will most likely enjoy listening to what the album has to offer although it has to be noted that there are a couple of intriguing tracks which many people might not have expected to be included. The production of the album is extremely laid back, with elements of sixties pop, swing and also that slight tinge of soul, giving the music character and totality. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJLo1ZDthk

A debut album is always difficult especially due to the fact that although you might have a hit track, the people might be expecting a collection which would be surrounding that. The title in itself tried to give Tomorrow extreme importance with some of the music in the album somewhat going back to complete basics but the output is strong and the quality is high enough to cause worry for the future as more material is recorded, mastered, produced and ultimately published. Gianluca and his team wanted to thank Alan to Alan Bambrough of Albam Records, Howard Keith Debono of Jagged House, Daniel Borg and Reuben Spiteri of Kuluri and Tommy Hilfiger.

Tracks to look out for:

I'll Be There - Following the first single off the album was always going to be extremely difficult due to the overwhelming success that it entailed. This is the second single off the album and it was definitely a wise decision considering that there is some resemblance. Gianluca uses his soft vocal range against a backdrop of piano and guitars, stripped down to only the former during the bridge. Additional use of female backing vocalists is encouraged at key moments of the song to give it a complete sound. 

Light Me Up - The fifth track on the album also sees the male vocalist perform in the soft register which people have become accustomed to with only just slight use of piano in the beginning. Suddenly though as the thirty second strikes, there is a bass included along with some cymbals and once more, the track gains image and credibility. The chorus is strong and very much encourages a sing-a-long. The harmonies of the backing vocals are heard very softly on this one, something which is surely done on purpose. At the end, Gianluca rises to the occasion with a higher register and the overall effect is just beautiful. 

Perfectly in Tune - Music and Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant had a similar swan song in their soundtrack album and it seems that both Gianluca and Louise Ann drew inspiration. This particular song is set as the final track on the debut album and it was definitely a wise decision because it is written in a completely different manner. Both the male and the female individuals have soft vocals and it almost seems like they are performing without any music whatsoever at times. Nevertheless, there is a cello and a piano involved within the final production. A stunning piece which definitely sees to the possibility of future collaborations. 

Final Verdict: 

Following the success at the Eurovision Song Contest, Gianluca has amassed several fan-bases across the continent with some of the most prominent being those in Sweden and Spain which both have reputable foreign markets. It is important to denote that the success is being well managed by Doyaya Management who are working closely with a number of high profile companies such as Calamatta Cuschieri and Albam Records. I was anticipating a positive album with a strong message that Gianluca is here to stay in the music industry for a good number of years, and indeed, I wasn't surprised to have confirmed my initial feeling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

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