Ermal Meta (35) debuts among the Big this year after being among the Newcomers last year, just like Francesco Gabbani. But this is actually his 4th Sanremo as he has been to newcomers already back in 2006 with his band Ameba 4, and again in 2010 with another band, La Fame di Camilla.
Ermal was born in Albania and moved to Italy with his family when he was 13. Soon he starts with music and gets some notoriety. Beforementioned Ameba 4 released one album, La Fame di Camilla four and gained quite a popolarity as a live band and toured a lot.
In 2012 the band is over and Ermal concentrates on writing songs that end up being recorded by artists like Giusy Ferreri, Marco Mengoni, Chiara, Francesca Michielin, Emma, Annalisa... just to name a few :-) Should he end up to Eurovision he surely has some friends to ask for advice!
Straordinario, Io ti aspetto, Occhi profondi, Femmina, La nostra vita è adesso, Non so ballare...... are some of songs he co-wrote.
But at the same time he's ready to launch a solo career , and Odio le favole (I hate fairytales) gets to Sanremo 2016, but in the newcomers selection - some say he should have been among Big. This year he is with Vietato morire (Forbidden to die), another jolly little title.
After Sanremo he will release his second solo album.