Marco Mengoni was born in Ronciglione, Italy on 25 December 1988. He loved singing since childhood. Being a very shy boy, Marco rarely demonstrated his talent to others. At 14, Marco started attending a music school where he learned the basics of being a vocalist. The teacher helped him join a group, which performed at the local clubs.
At 16, Marco began his music career by singing cover versions of popular songs as well as some of his own. In 2007, he got a diploma as an industrial designer and moved to Rome. The young artist began working in a local bar and got a job as a sound producer. A year later, he decided to devote the majority of his time to becoming a professional singer. Marco offered several demo tapes to local labels but never received a reply.
In 2009, Mengoni decided to try his luck at the talent show The X Factor Italy. He performed a cover version of Eduardo De Crescenzo’s “Uomini semplici”. Marco’s judge on the show was a popular Italian artist Morgan. During the show, Marco performed songs in different genres by many famous artists. During the Celebrity Duets, he sang “Oggi sono io” with Alex Britti.