Sol3 Mio are an operatic pop vocal trio from Auckland, New Zealand. Comprised of Samoan-descended brothers Pene and Amitai Pati -- both tenors -- and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, the group fuses classical, opera, and pop music with a playful wit and frequent nods to their Samoan heritage. All three are classically trained and had been pursuing their own careers when, in 2008, Pene and Moses found themselves in the backing choir for famed Italian star Andrea Bocelli. The inspiration they felt from that concert stayed with them, and in 2011 they united with Amitai for a series of fundraising concerts that would launch their career as Sol3 Mio. By 2013 they had signed with Universal and recorded their self-titled debut, a collection of traditional and popular songs that immediately topped the New Zealand Albums Chart and became the biggest-selling album in the country that year. Sol3 Mio's success continued in 2014 with the release of a four-song EP, a holiday single, and appearances around the world. Their 2015 follow-up album, On Another Note, also reached number one in New Zealand led by the single "I See Fire," a cover of Ed Sheeran's song from The Hobbit soundtrack. ~ Timothy Monger
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