Andrea Bocelli has been one of the most influential musicians of all time even though he has been blind for the majority of his life.
Andrea Bocelli was born on September 22nd, 1956, where his hardships had begun. Before his conception, the doctor advised his parents to abort him, as they figured he would be born with a disability with the doctor’s prediction that he would have numerous problems with his sight. Eventually, after he was born, he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, which is caused due to abnormalities in the anterior chamber angle development that obstruct aqueous outflow in the absence of systemic anomalies. This abnormality is rare depending on the country of birth, with in the United States, it occurs once in 10,000 births. As he lacked the ability to see, he grew a great passion for music as a young boy. At the age of 6, he started taking piano lessons and later learned various other instruments. Eventually, at the age of 12, he got into a soccer accident which caused him to lose complete sight. However, this did not stop him from pursuing his passion for music. At the age of 14, he began to participate in song competitions; he broke into the music world from that point forward.
Since 1982, he has recorded almost 15 solo studio albums, three greatest hit albums, nine operas, and sold over 75 million records worldwide. Since he broke into the music world, his first compilation album Romanza is that of one of the best-selling albums of all time. Then in 1998, he was named as People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. With many more record-breaking solos and albums, in 2019 his album Si debuted at number one on UK Album Charts and US Billboard 200. Asides from his vastly achieving records, he received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2010 for his contributions to live theatre.
Not only is his accomplishments for an ordinary singer extremely rare but to complete what he has while being blind is something extraordinary. He is a figure within the IDD Community not only for his success but to show the fact that anything is possible no matter your disadvantage or disability.