Nicola Ciccone, a Canadian of Italian origin, discovered his passion for singing and writing very early. His first songs were written in English at the age of twelve and later in Italian, French and Spanish. In 1998, he won Ma Première Place des Arts contest and immediately picked up his first record contract.
While studying child psychology at McGill University and the University of Montréal, Nicola launched his first album, L'Opéra du mendiant, in 1999. It was an instant success. Not only did the album receive exceptional critical acclaim, but it also sold 60,000 copies.