At 20, tenor
Still, for their tender age and heavily female fan base, don't call
"We are not a boy band. We are just three young professional singers," said Barone, in a phone interview from
And while their singing style is described as "operatic," they're not opera singers, either.
"We don't sing opera. We are three young guys who sing Italian classical songs," he said. "We sing classic songs in a fresh way and pop songs in a classical way. That's what
Their first breakout hit was the Neapolitan favorite "O Sole Mio," which they performed together on the TV show "Ti Lascio una Canzone," where they met. After the nine-week reality competition ended, the three singers joined forces, and the rest is Billboard chart history. They've released four albums and crisscrossed the globe, performed on the "Today" show and appeared on the series finale of "Entourage."
"When we went on the Italian TV show, we didn't expect to meet the other guys who became the trio," Barone said. "I thought the TV show was just a beautiful experience and then I would go back home. Then, when we met each other, our lives changed completely."
The singers, who all still call
"I have to tell you the truth, when we received this communication that
Like their new idol,
"When we start together, we said that this kind of music was listened by people over 50 or over 60. Because, of course, that generation loves this kind of music," Barone said. "Our goal with this was to bring this kind of music to the young generation. As we did when young when we heard the first classical Italian song, we fell in love.
"The young generation doesn't have the opportunity to listen to this music. So we are three young guys who try to bring this kind of music to the young generation. Now audience composed of people from 3 years old to 90 years old. We have three generations."
But, interestingly, the group is less famous in their homeland than in other parts of the world. But it's something
"You know, we had a great success all around the world, but not that great in
Since meeting in 2009, Barone said, the group has grown stronger each year. And he is relieved they've made it past their early teens to have their voices mature.
"The worst age, dangerous age, is 14 and 15 years old," he said. "For a young guy the voice changes a lot. Our voices, they can still change now, they can be better.
Last fall they released a Christmas album. And they're working on a new album to be released later this year. But for now,
"When I was young, I was just listening to the music. My goal was to live the music. My goal was to become a musical teacher, but this is like a dream come true," Barone said. "We really can't wait to come back in the U.S. and
"We know the concert for
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