Filippo Perbellini

From Friday 13th September “GOODBYE SO LONG” (Vicari Sound Organization), the new single by FILIPPO PERBELLINI, is available on digital and radio platforms.

A classic Soul and R&B song, produced in Los Angeles by Tommy Vicari, producer and sound engineer of Prince, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones and many others.

The single features the recording of world-renowned musicians including Judith Hill (Michael Jackson’s vocalist in “this is it”), Rod Temperton (author of “Thriller”, “Rock with you”, etc.) and Jeffrey Osborne.

« “Goodbye so long” represents my artistic path and my taste for Soul and R&B – says Filippo Perbellini – the sound is exciting and brilliant, it speaks of a loving disappointment where the only way to escape is music.

I chose this track as a single to open the record because it is solar and full of energy, I am convinced that it has the right drive to pull the other tracks on the album as well. I imagine it as the opening piece of my tour: a band of 10 elements with wind instruments, a beautiful play of lights and dancers on stage, I would like to recreate a Californian environment like the videoclip that was shot in Los Angeles ».


Born in Verona, Italy, 1990, the colorfully soulful singer and Fender Rhodes pianist Filippo Perbellini grew up in a family of enthusiastic music lovers. HIs early exposure to the sounds of Motown vinyls, and various American musical treasures, inspired him to begin his vocal studies at the early age of seven.

At nine years old, Perbellini won the Saint Vincent Festival, only to participate a year later on Mike Bongiorno’s television program Bravo Bravissimo, and additionally record the Spanish version, Veo Veo, with Teresa Rabal. The following year, he participated on the program Canzoni Sotto L’Albero the esteemed Albano and Paola Perego.

Perbellini continued his vocal and piano studies at CPM in Milan, Italy. In 2006, he won the first edition of the Solardo Song Festival contest, organized by Fabrizio Pausini. Shortly after in 2007, he attended the third and final year of a three year specialization course in modern jazz singing at an undisputedly prestigious vocal academy in Verona.

He went on to study and perfect his craft with Maurizio Zappatini, vocal coach to the stars, such as Ligabue, Francesco Renga, Elisa, and Caterina Caselli. In 2009, he participated in the 59th annual Festival di Sanremo with Riccardo Cocciante.

The duo performed the song “Cuore Senza Cuore”. Soon after, he released his debut album, “Metà & Metà”, as the first Italian artist of Universal Music/Motown, in collaboration with the likes of Alex Britti, Neffa, Cesare Nolli, Roberto Kunstler, and Pier Cortese. In April, he performed as a guest on processo di X-Factor, where he sang a duet with the finalist, Jury Magliolo.

In June 2009, he received the awared for the best emerging artist from AFI at the Wind Music Awards at the Arena in Verona. Since 2010, Perbellini has been working in studios between Los Angeles and London with producer and sound engineer, Tommy Vicari, the producer and engineer of Prince, Billy Preston, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Gino Vannelli, Christina Aguilera, and Tina Turner.

He also collaborated with Rod Temperton, the composer of Michael Jacksons’ “Rock With You” and “Thriller”, as well as George Benson’s “Give Me The Night”. Jeffrey Osborne acts as the personal vocal coach of his new USA-made album that also boasts the presence of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” chorister Judith Hill, and Brigitte Bryant of Stevie Wonder.

In January 2014, he took part in the Vocal Improvisation Workshop held by Bob Stoloff. From 2011 to 2017 he was a member of “JazzyFunk” (deep house) project where he performs in various clubs / disco worldwide opening for Paris Hilton, Craig David & many more.

Perbellini is actively working on a couple of projects, including the soulful quartet called Soul 4 Souls, with Helen Tesfazghi and Paolo Sessa. He also performs with his acoustic and soul project, Double Soul with virtuoso guitarist, Sam Lorenzini. He also produce and play with his sister Virginia Perbellini competitor for X-factor italy 2018.

He has collaborated live and in studio with musicians like: Riccardo Cocciante, Alex Britti, Neffa, Rod Temperton, Jeffrey Osborne, Greg Matheison, Abe Laboriel Sr, Steve Ferrone, Jason Holdt , Luis Conte, Fabio Massimo Colasanti, Andrew Synowiec, Casey Young, Andy Martin, Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Judit Hill, Bridgette Bryant, Greg Bisonette, Chris Trujillo, Jimmy Earl, James Harrah, David Garfield, Brandon Fields & Alex Ligertwood.

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