William Paul Mangion Mascoli is a renowned Maltese singer and musician specializing in Blues, rock and funk, whose career has spanned several decades. He first gained international recognition through his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, showcasing his exceptional talents to a global audience.
In his early years, from 1973 to 1984, William Mangion was exposed to music through a friend who played the piano accordion. This ignited his love for music, and he quickly discovered a natural talent for the piano and keyboards. Recognizing his potential, he enrolled in piano lessons to study classical music. During this period, he also formed his first band, Syn, and went on to perform with Sagittarius and Slug. Notably, he participated in the CISCO 77 Castlebar International Song Festival in Ireland, further establishing his presence in the international music industry.
During the period spanning from 1983 to 1993, William Mangion's career was boosted further when he joined the band Getting Closer. Apart from securing a residency at the popular international discotheque Styx II, the band also co-headlined performances with renowned international artists and even headlined Malta's largest open-air festivals, among them the Swatch Charity Concert. In 1991 Getting Closer had the privilege of opening for international star Joe Cocker in Malta, as part of his world tour at the time. His talent and onstage charisma captivated audiences, leading to more television appearances and increased international exposure.
From 1993 to 2001, William Mangion embarked on his solo career, kicking off his journey with his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. He continued to enchant audiences with his music through residencies and performances in Malta and the UK. His performances attracted celebrities and garnered praise from international audiences. Throughout this period, he experimented with various band formations and released albums and singles, solidifying his reputation as a solo artist.
The second phase of his solo career, starting from 2002 and continuing to the present day, showcased William Mangion's versatility and diversity. He involved himself in producing and hosting The Tuesday Nite Show, adding a new dimension to his musical endeavours. Collaborations with other artists led to the release of new songs, further expanding his repertoire. He continued to captivate audiences with live performances, both as a solo artist and with his band. Additionally, he actively participated in the selection process for the Maltese Eurovision entry, further cementing his status in the music industry.After a brief stint in the US, he eventually returned to his homeland, Malta, where he continued to entertain audiences with his ever-growing repertoire. In recent years, William Mangion relocated to Tenerife, Spain, where he has become a familiar face on the live music scene thanks to his flair for performing live and his eclectic repertoire of songs, which includes both original compositions and covers.William Mangion's musical journey so far is a testament to his immense talent and unwavering dedication. From his early exposure to music to his emergence as a solo artist, he has captivated audiences around the world with his exceptional performances and contribution to the music industry.