The classical-pop singer helps you navigate life’s journey with her latest single.





Giorgia Fumanti gets under your skin with her inspirational new single and video Close To Your Heart — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in your own head. That’s when you need someone like Fumanti to remind you there’s a certain other organ you could be listening to instead. On her new single, the Montreal pop/classical crossover artist urges us all to never stray too far from our emotional core. Her immaculate soprano soaring over lush orchestration, Fumanti lays out the reasons to always heed that most frequently name-dropped yet perennially underestimated of strengths: the power of love:

“Love is brave and gives you the power
To overcome your fears
Be close to your heart
Love is kind and brings you compassion
To understand your life
Be close to your heart
And never leave that place in you.”

“I enjoy the lyrics very much,” she says, “and the melody is a perfect choice for my voice. The lyrics speak about going through life’s experiences — the joys, the sorrows — while remaining ‘close to your heart’ to navigate the journey of a wonderful life here on Earth.”

The words mean a lot to Fumanti, who wrote them to match music penned for her by Grammy-winning composer/keyboardist Jeff Lorber and producer Claude Villani. The accompanying music video narrows that journey as well, following Fumanti through the streets and sights of Old Montreal — not far from her adopted home of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs.

It’s no accident that the song has a cinematic scope: Close To Your Heart is a jewel plucked from Fumanti’s latest album, The Cinema Collection Deluxe Edition, an expanded 23-song version of a record she released last year to showcase her stunning interpretations of movie themes and soundtrack singles. Its track list of classics like Over The Rainbow, Take My Breath Away and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing has been augmented with original numbers Close To Your Heart, Now We Are Free and I Have A Dream, presented as both a solo and a duet with South African artist Selim Kagee.

Produced and arranged at Steve’s Production Room in Montreal by Fumanti’s longtime collaborator and fellow Italian Canadian Stefano Galante, the ambitious project isn’t her first time recording music from films. Her second album, 2007’s From My Heart, included four Ennio Morricone movie themes. It climbed into the Top 20 on Billboard’s classical crossover chart and made it to No. 1 in Japan and South Africa. That was a rewarding experience for Fumanti, since revisiting music from movies is like reliving the portion of her formative years she spent sitting in cinemas.

“The songs remind me a lot of memories from my childhood in Italy,” she says. “(And) they’re a perfect style for my voice, because it’s not opera; it’s not pop; it’s in between, so I can start like a pop singer, but then go high like a soprano.” What’s even more rewarding is getting to put her own stamp on the material: “Of course, we did different arrangements; it’s not a copy,” she clarifies.” In every case, “It’s a new version made by me and my producer.”

Embracing the finest musical traditions while charting her own path has been Fumanti’s goal from Day 1. Born in Tuscany, she studied voice at the prestigious Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito in Parma. She relocated to Montreal in 2002, signed a record deal and released her debut album Like A Dream. She went international in 2007 with From My Heart.

In the ensuing two decades, she’s made a total of 13 albums, netting 25 million streams, and racking up worldwide sales of over 1.5 million. She’s performed with the world’s top orchestras in some of the most famous venues, from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Greece’s Athens Arena to New York’s Times Square and China’s Beijing Olympics. Musical heavyweights she’s shared the stage with include Michael Bolton, Jose Carreras, Lang Lang and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues. Along the way, she recorded a duet of Nessun Dorma with Luciano Pavarotti, and even met Pope Francis at The Vatican.

Watch the video for Close To Your Heart above, hear more from Giorgia Fumanti above, and get closer to her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.