Giorgia at Porretta Soul Festival

In the 1994 edition, a very young Giorgia arrives in Porretta, accompanied by her father Giulio’s band, Io Vorrei La Pelle Nera. Giulio Todrani, aka Alan Soul, had made his debut with a Julie & Julie duo, then he had created this Rhythm & Blues band.

The band was composed of the guitarist Marco Rinalduzzi and the organist Maria Grazia Fontana, as well as the young Giorgia, who later will become one of the most popular voices on the Italian music scene. The first is a well-known session man, who has collaborated with many Italian artists including Cocciante, Patty Pravo, Mina, Lucio Dalla, Ron, Gianni Morandi, Antonello Venditti, Claudio Baglioni; the second, after having collaborated with Giorgio Gaslini, Noemi and Domenica In has recently become the coach of the talent of RAI1 Tale and Quale Show. Giorgia is already a talent. Sharing the stage with some of her myths like Mavis Staples and Rufus Thomas galvanizes her and her show is great. She plays Etta James’ Tell Mama and Eddie Floyd’s Knock On Wood, but it’s with Tower Of Power’s Dont Change The Horses In The Middle Of The Stream that she surpasses herself.

In February 1995 Giorgia takes part in Sanremo and wins the festival with Come Saprei and the first thing she says to the Resto Del Carlino journalist: “I want to go back to Porretta!”

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