Fabrizio Faniello (born 27 April 1981) is a Maltese pop singer. He represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and 2006. He is seen by many as Malta's hope in its fledgling experimental electronic scene, contributing to many international compilations and collaborating with well-known artists as diverse as Jim O'Rourke, Fennesz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Richard D. James and Masami Akita.
He is the eldest of three children born to Vincenzo and Anna Faniello. He has two younger sisters, Claudia and Miriana. Claudia is also a singer and has performed in various festivals including the Malta Song For Europe 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Claudia also put up a show in Reggio di Calabria.
Faniello discovered his passion for music at an early age. His teacher advised him to take vocal lessons. However, Faniello was also interested in playing football. In 1997 he played for one year in Turin.
When he was 16, however, he chose to make music his profession and returned to Malta. In the meantime he released 3 successful albums and several singles. Although most of his success was local, his singles and albums have been released in many other European countries. He scored a Top 10 hit with "The Whistle Hit" in Sweden in 2004, followed by another small chart hit "Bye Baby Bye Bye" in Sweden in 2005. Faniello is mainly known for light Europop music, but his willingness to experiment outside of conventional song structures, including forays into harsh noise, have been met with critical acclaim.
He participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001 and placed 9th. He also participated several times in the Maltese pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest (see below for additional information). In 2006 he once again represented Malta in the Eurovision Song contest, and placed 24th in the Grand Final.
Fabrizio will be one of the finalist in the 43rd Edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2019 (Festival Kanzunetta Maltija) held on 31 August, 2019 with the song Dawl Għajnejja lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and music by Cyprian Cassar.
Faniello's management is German and a lot of his songs were written or co-written by German songwriters.
Fabrizio participated a lot of times in the Maltese pre-selections for the Eurovision Song Contest: 1998 - "More Than Just a Game" (2nd place out of 20 contestants) 1999 - "Thankful for Your Love" (8th place out of 16 contestants) 2000 - "Change of Heart" (2nd place out of 16 contestants) 2001 - "Another Summer Night" (1st place out of 16 contestants) - (Placed 9th in the Eurovision) 2004 - "Did I Ever Tell You" (3rd place out of 16 contestants) 2005 - "Don't Tell It" (12th place out of 22 contestants) 2006 - "I Do" (1st place out of 18 contestants) - (Placed 24th in the Eurovision) 2011 - "No Surrender" (4th out of 24 contestants) 2012 - "I Will Fight For You" (6th out of 24 contestants) 2014 - "Just no Place like Home" (semi-finalist) The songs "Change Of Heart" and "Another Summer Night" were later included on his debut album When I'm Dreaming. The songs "Did I Ever Tell You" and "Don't Tell It" were released on his 2005 album Believe.
- 2001: While I'm Dreaming #1 Malta
- 2004: When We Danced #1 Malta
- 2005: Believe #1 Malta
- 2007: Hits & Clips #1Malta
- 2011: No Surrender
- 2001: "Another Summer Night"
- 2001: "My Girl"
- 2002: "Show Me Now"
- 2002: "Let Me be Your Lover"
- 2002: "Just 4 Christmas"
- 2004: "When We Danced"
- 2004: "I'm in Love (The Whistle Song)" (Made by John The Whistler) #1 Malta, #7 Sweden (15 weeks Top-20), #11 Finland
- 2005: "Love on the Radio"
- 2006: "I Do"
- 2006: "Believe"
- 2007: "Love Me or Leave Me"
- 2007: "I Need to Know"
- 2010: "I No Can Do" (cover version of "Cari Jodoh" by Wali Band)
- 2010: "My Heart is Asking You" (cover version of "Baik Baik Sayang" by Wali Band)
- 2011: "No Surrender"
- 2011: "Know Me Better" (Written by Warren Bacci, Michael Johansson and Johan Beyerholm