Jovanotti (often misspelt as Giovanotti) is an Italian singer-songwriter and rapper. Jovanotti, real name Lorenzo Cherubini, was born in Rome on 27 September 1966. His family is from Cortona, in the Province of Arezzo, Tuscany. On 6 September 2008 he married Francesca Valiani at Cortona, in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova. He has already since 1998 the daughter Teresa with her together. He dedicated the lullaby "per te" to Teresa, one of the successes of the album Capo Horn (1999).
From the mix of hip hop, rap and disco of the early successes, however, Jovanotti departs gradually approaching to funk, world music and even classical arrangements and ska influences. Music corresponds to a change of the lyrics of his songs, which, over time, tend to touch issues increasingly philosophical, religious and political, more typical of the Italian cantautore tradition. In parallel increases also his social and political commitment. Some of his earlier work is also closer to keyboard-heavy 1980s pop.
Most of his songs are sung in the Italian language; he also released a Spanish-language greatest hits album. His live album includes a short version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight". Jovanotti appears on several international compilations, most notably Red Hot + Rhapsody, a 1998 tribute to George Gershwin, on which he performed "I Got Rhythm". One of his most famous songs was "L'Ombelico del Mondo". Jovanotti has also appeared in one Luciano Pavarotti's charity concert in 1996.