The Science of Il Volo ~ Gina Hanna

“We keep wondering WHY and answering in a variety of ways. WHY do we love IL VOLO. I truly believe that the MUSIC they CREATE with their VOICES caught our attention. THE love of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca came later. When we play their CD we might not sing with them out loud but our brain does. The article talks about singing in a choir and since I am not able today to do this the boys are my PRIVATE CHOIR. ~ Gina


Sing From The Heart, Spark Your Brain ~ Huffington Post


Neuroscience proves that group singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative. Every time you sing, you fire up the right temporal lobe of your brain, and release endorphins including oxytocin which result in heightened states of pleasure, bliss, bonding and love.


These chemicals also enhance neuroplasticity of our brains, boost our immune system, fight illness, depression and strokes and help us handle pain better. What’s more, choral singers have been shown to have enhanced learning skills, synchronized heartbeats and enter patterns of yogic breathing. So what better activity for one’s mental health than a daily dose of song?

The scientific benefits of singing are really mind-boggling!


Singing together is a super-dooper drug that integrates the mind and body and helps to heal our brains and enhance our learning abilities! And it’s free because we all have a voice!

We spend about 85 percent of our time in the left side of our brain, which deals with logic and analytics. This drains our mental battery. The right side of our brains, which deals with intuition, emotion, creativity and fantasy, needs to be recharged.

Activities which recharge our brains include meditation, being in nature, connecting with loved ones and — you guessed it — singing with others!


Ten reasons to make singing your drug of choice:

  1. Release endorphins and increases levels of oxytocin

  2. Improve posture, breathing and blood-flow

  3. Save money: our voice is our free human instrument

  4. Create new neural pathways and improve brain meta-plasticity

  5. Ward off age-related decline by continuously ‘exercising’ your brain

  6. Heal depression, strokes and speech abnormalities

  7. Promote social bonding and cohesion; and rediscover your own identity

  8. Relieve mental health issues; feel happier, better connected and supported

  9. Connect with other diverse voices and your community

  10. Be smarter, healthier, happier and more creative


A Song For The Future


Our brains developed with singing and music as a survival mechanism. Before there were governments or nations, tribes and groups used songs and dance to build loyalty to the group, transmit vital information and ward off enemies. Those who sang survived.

As workaday stress and media consumption make us ever more isolated, rates of anxiety and depression rise. So, it is fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of humans that set us apart from machines, love, compassion, creativity, courage and so on. When we regularly engage in singing and other creative pursuits, we build bridges of understanding between diverse people and feel part of a bigger, connected universe.

Happy, healthy, empowered individuals and supportive communities are better-placed to solve some of society’s biggest challenges, such as mental illness, loneliness and isolation, cultural tension and unemployment.”…reas ons-to-make-singing-your- happiness_b

10 thoughts on “The Science of Il Volo ~ Gina Hanna”

  1. I am waiting for the boys to go back on their concert tour because when they sing my mind sings with them. I might not sing out loud but my mind is always engaged in “singing” with them.
    I do feel guilty wishing them back on the ‘road’ because they do deserve a rest at home.

  2. Gina and Marie! A singer, I’m not! BUT I do sing with Il Volo… my car (alone) and at home (alone)!!!! Thanks for sharing this informative post! Most interesting! FYI, Piero and I sing in the same key!♡!

  3. Here is the explanation of why Piero Ignazio and Gianluca are able to withstand so many job commitments, yes, they are young, but there is a limit.
    They sing a lot, and very much in chorus, so they have so much strength and smile always on their faces.
    On September 2, they are in Germany, the 6 are taking part in the event in memory of Pavarotti in Verona and the following day they are in concert in Mexico, ………….., where will they find all the forces? In the song.

    When I hear their songs, I sing a lot too, aloud, is beautiful.

  4. Loved reading this article. I am a choral singer and could not agree more about the joy and benefits of singing. I can totally understand why the guys love it so much and how much energy it gives them. And they have such special voices to add to the fun of singing.

  5. Yes! I, personally, think/ agree that most people are ‘hard-wired’ to sing and dance and enjoy music, especially music that you personally ‘resonate’ with. Animals, too, can enjoy and physically benefit from listening to singing, music, singing themselves. Here’s just a couple of personal-experience examples: When I used to have others’ animals in my care, as well as my own, occasionally I’d play records, the radio, CDs, but not loudly, in the background, Well, the Cockatiel bird began ‘singing’ to IL VOLO’S “Surrender” (😂) (from their PBS concert CD), after I turned up the volume a little. He began vocalizing in a way that sounded ‘positive’, not sounding irritated by it. Another time, I had the radio on (a classic soul/r&b format) and a song came on ( The O’Jay’s “I Love Music” ). It’s a song that can make lots of people just want to dance. I stopped what I was doing and started dancing and singing along. I didn’t plan to keep on, but the four, little Dachshund dogs ran over to me, stopped and stood there, side by side, staring at me with their tails wagging and obvious, big, dog – smiles. I knew their human ‘mama’ was someone highly unlikely to ever break out into song and dance, so it was clear that they’d never seen anyone do that before. I kept it up, fascinated by their reaction. They just stood there, transfixed, a canine ‘audience’. When I stopped, I pretended to collapse upon the floor and then all of them affectionately ‘attacked’ me at once; one mischievously pulling the pony-tail holder out of my hair and shaking it up, another one trying to yank off a sock and the two smallest ones hopping on top of me and ecstatically licking my face. Endorphins, firing neurons, sparking connections for everyone, human and animal. These are, for me, fond memories of love and the fun which resulted from just a couple of… .songs! 😃🎶💃🐦🐶💞

  6. I love singing along with the guys. I enjoy trying to sing in harmony with them…I am a tenor (or a second alto when there is such a part in a choral piece). Oddly enough, Piero and I sing in the same vocal range. I love choral singing, it makes a me feel happy. I am strong believer that family members should sing to their babies and children. It not only helps children learn language, rhythm and patterns, but also creates wonderful memories. Unfortunately in the US, music is often the first “specials” to be cut. My own grands only have music once a week and it is not choral music. Thank goodness, their school does teach music appreciation as the weekly music activity.

  7. I have been told I have a pleasant voice… but not a singers voice . I’ve also been told I have a really sexy voice but that hasn’t gotten me anywhere yet either. Having said that I can tell you that when I sing along with IL VOLO I know my voice can make people look amazed, wake people up from deep sleep and do other incredible things. So far, no one has jumped ship when I start singing. Mostly I attribute this to singing along with IL VOLO, which I do everyday when I drive. I know Piero loves my singing. ( and me!)…and Gianluca wants me to join them whenever they need a woman’s deep sexy voice and Ignazio said things I cannot repeat.
    Life needs music. I have an appreciative audience in my mind, car and home.What else do I need? …. well concert tickets would be nice

      1. Well…yes, I just didn’t want to push my luck…but if there was anyone who just happened to not …need… that Meet & Greet ticket then I would be glad to …help them out.

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