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VINEMA JAZZ POP PREMIERES OF 2020: Italy’s RIO releases magnificent and diverse new album ‘State of Mind’ out now on all global digital stores

RIO’s solo album State of Mind was released on all the best streaming platforms on 7 June, 2020.

Maurizio De Franchis, aka Rio was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956. He has always been active on the Italian music scene since his first band, Bandanà, and then joined the Sold Out band for which he was author and singer with albums released for Sony Music International, and continued his career by collaborating with artists such as Tony Esposito, Gianni Bella and many other Italian and international artists.

State of mind is the new recording project by RIO, recorded in 2019 for PMS-Studio, contains 11 songs in English written, sung, played and arranged by the artist.

When asked about the inpiration behind the song, RIO said “Each of these songs speaks about love, the only medicine to be able of curing all ills. It is easy for many to talk about themselves but for me it is not so. However, I will try to do my best. Regarding the State of mind project, I wanted to carry it out over the period when I was very inspired. The source from which I drew was that of love. The whole album is a dedication to this which is the highest feeling that makes us live unique moments as I have experienced personally.  For me, love is the only medicine against all kinds of evil. Great musicians collaborated on the project for the love of music”


RIO has dedicated to this project a year of intense and inspired work. State of mind was written and arranged by himself and was recorded between Napoli, Palinuro (Sa) and Miami.
BIO. Maurizio de Franchis aka RIO is a famous name in the italian music scene.

In 1987 “Sanremo Festival” with Tony Esposito sung “Sinue” as Maurizio de Franchis.  In 1991 He is in a band called “Sold Out”, they made a record called “Souled” that was published all over the world. He takes the nickname of RIO.

They participated on BBC1 television, and video clips in London, Los Angeles, New York.

In 1991 “Sanremo Festival International” – “Sanremo Festival Italy”– Sold Out sung “Listen to me” the English version of “Io ti prego di ascoltare” of famous Italian singer Riccardo Fogli.

One of the song of Souled record – “Shine on”, was in the European charts for many months.  In the meantime Rio collaborates as songwriter with many international music artists.



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VINEMA UK EURO MUSIC VIDEO 2020 PREMIERES: ‘Gianluca Gallo’ drops the fun animated music video and infectious new electronic pop dance single ‘Susanna’

Gianluca Gallo, singer, composer, music producer was born in Italy.

“Here from early childhood my parents recognized and developed my musical talent” he says.

He entered and attended Musical Conservatory of Palermo, where he graduated as Guitar Maestro.

“Since then I have made my music experience live on stage and in studio, besides working with such singers like Umberto Tozzi, Los Locos, Luca Barbarossa”.

Gianluca Gallo has organized and directed various Italian music Festivals and been honoured to judge international song contests in Italy and worldwide.

Gianluca Gallo speaks about his creation process, “I have my music recording studio based in Latvia where I create complete music and sound design”


Tell us about Susanna your new single ?

Susanna” was born spontaneously as the most part of my compositions due to the catchy theme in my head.

VINEMA UK EURO MUSIC VIDEO 2020 PREMIERES: ‘Gianluca Gallo’ drops the fun animated music video and infectious new electronic pop dance single ‘Susanna’  – Vinema UK EURO

The song has been posted in various Spotify playlists. The song Susanna is definitely the song of the summer 2020, made to have fun, to dance, and to enjoy a beautiful evening.

Gianluca Gallo

More history

Born in Agrigento in 1974, Gianluca Gallo began playing the guitar at the age of only 12 and by the age of 13 she passed her exams entering the Music Conservatory of Palermo. At the age of 16, he formed his first Rock group, not neglecting his studies at the Conservatory. In the meantime he began composing and singing Italian Rock style songs and after having sent auditions to various show agencies, he was called to perform the vaudeville of some singers such as Francesco Baccini, Luca Barbarossa, Andrea Mingardi, Los Locos.

In 1998 he recorded a song titled (Quanto Tempo) and it is thanks to this song that has been successful in Sicily and southern Italy, this song is passed on the radio and Gianluca is called as a guest in various events of Piazza and also host of television programs .

In 1999 he began his Tournée with 7 dates in the Sicilian squares, with Pop Rock songs written by himself, obtaining great favor from the public and reaching in some squares an audience of 5,000 people.

In 2001 he finally released his first single CD titled (Un tuffo al Mare) a joking single that goes a bit ‘out of the rules, the electro-pop-Latin style, and this time begins another tour with 10 dates.

In 2007 comes the single (È Tardi … Arrivederci) that brings Gianluca a decent success in Italy, first through a television commercial that uses the song and then through over 400 national radio stations that pass the song.

Today Gianluca lives in Latvia.