“The voice of this very young British singer is unique, recognizable, expressive and as brilliant as her interpretative intelligence, which was clear from the very moment we started working together. It is never by chance that an artist who's barely over 20 becomes this beloved! Singing with her, I can attest to her charisma and versatility. I'm happy to have shared with such a young voice a true tribute to love. ‘If Only’ is a song that talks of the energy and values of sentiments. Thanks to Dua Lipa, the message of this song can come through stronger and have greater resonance with people of her generation.
“We Will Meet Once Again”
“I have an authentic weak spot for Josh: we have a longstanding bond of mutual esteem. I love the quality of his voice. He is a serious and prepared musician, a true friend. Almost 20 years have passed since Josh, at the age of 17, replaced me when, due to an impediment I could not perform, in a duet with my friend, Celine Dion. So, as I always say with a touch of pride, I feel somewhat responsible for his debut as an artist who would soon gone on to a deserved, brilliant career. Lastly, after having found a perfect balance between our voices in a version of ‘The Prayer,’ Josh and I have also done a duet of a song he penned himself. A tune of the greatest cheerful simplicity; the result of an expressiveness apparently derived from the musical tradition; a very sweet song that we had the privilege to sing together live at an important charity event, in one of the most beautiful places in the world -- Portovenere -- in the heart of the ‘Gulf of Poets,’ of course, in my beloved Italy.”?
“Fall on Me”
“Matteo was raised on ‘bread and music.’ While in high school, he also studied piano at the conservatory (where he is now studying opera). He is passionate about opera and has already performed in serious venues. He seems inclined to follow his father's footsteps, even though an artistic career is made up of many things, at times unknowable, and cannot certainly be devised at the drawing table. Plus, he's barely 20 years old. But I believe ‘Fall on Me’ is a promising start besides being for both of us a highly emotional experience... because it actually is about us. The song gives voice to a son who is growing and just taking his first steps in life, with doubts and uncertainties, and to a father that reassures him, that helps him spread his wings, a father that tries -- with all of the love in his heart -- to transmit strong values; to give answers. I have tried to transmit to Matteo, as well as to my eldest son Amos (who recently earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering) values that I believe in and that have made me who I am, but we have different voices and different life experiences. His talent is exclusively his - it's not something that a father can ‘transmit.’”
PRODUCER BOB EZRIN
“He is a giant: a piece of walking music history, a witness and co-protagonist of some of the most spectacular moments in world music since the ‘70s to date. We understood each other immediately at the artistic and human levels. It took us very little to get in sync, to have (I think I can speak for the both of us) that great feeling of being able to work together well and easily. From the very start, our collaboration was smooth, fluid, cheerful and successful. I am thus honored to have found in Bob Ezrin an impeccable producer and a friend.”
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 20 issue of Billboard.