Nina Zilli was born on 2 February 1980 in Piacenza, and grew up in Gossolengo. Nina’s birth name is Maria Chiara Fraschetta, and she created the stage name Nina Zilli in 2009 by combining her mother’s surname with the first name of famous singer Nina Simone. In her early career Nina (then still Maria Chiara) was lead singer of the bands The Jerks and Chiara e gli Scuri. In 2010 Nina Zilli was one of the winners of the Sanremo New Generation competition, earning the honour of participating in the 60th Sanremo Music Festival (2010), in the newcomers category Nuove Proposte. Nina won the Mia Martini Critics Award, plus the Press-, Radio- and TV-Award.
In 2012 Nina Zilli participated in the Sanremo Music Festival again, this time among the big artists in the Campioni category, with the song Per sempre. During the festival’s final the artist was chosen by a special jury to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Nina’s song Per Sempre was eventually replaced by the song L’amore è femmina (Out Of Love), reaching an honourable 9th place in the grand final of the ESC with 101 points.
During the Sanremo Music Festival 2015, Nina Zilli will sing the song Sola in the Campioni category, from her third studio album Frasi & Fumo. Nina will also be one of the judges in the sixth season of the TV-show Italia’s Got Talent 2015.