Andrea Bocelli, OMRI, OMDSM is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singersongwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age offollowing a football accident.
Bocelli was born to Alessandro and Edi Bocelli, even though they were advised to abort him. He has stated that his mothers decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctors advice was the inspiration for him to hold a prolife view towards abortion. They lived on the family farm, selling farm machinery and making wine in the small village of La Sterza, a frazione of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy, about 40160km south of Pisa. Bocellis mother and younger brother Alberto still live in the family home. Bocellis father died in 2000.