Biography

 

‘Ozzy Lino’, ‘Lino’ being what mum always called him and ‘Ozzy’ referring to his Australian youth, But where did it all start? Born in Malta, and raised in Australia, and then back to Malta. Ozzy Lino a singer/songwriter, started singing at an early age at the ‘Johann Strauss School of Music’ in Valletta, moved to Australia at age 9 with his family and joined the professional group called ‘The Green Valley Young Peoples Choir’ which was first established in 1968 under the direction of the late Captain Rex Harris. Performing in a number of musicals, even at a young age he’d already toured extensively within Australia Great Britain, America and Canada. The choir has had many significant achievements and performances, with supporting artists such as Marcia Hines, Jon English and also Peter Allen, with the song 'I Still Call Australia Home'.

- Ozzy Lino earned the nickname ‘The Random Passenger’ after a viral train video was viewed over 100 million times worldwide, and in November 2016 Ozzy, Heidi Joubert & Kiddo Kat, received the Frankfurt Tourism Award for the year 2016. This led Ozzy to a new world of adventures and most of all to his artists development contract with the Independent record label, RB Music Entertainment AG for artist development, studio time, music videos, management and publishing. RB Music Entertainment AG was founded by none other then multi awarded music producer Robert Bartha.

Ozzy took part in one of the most prestigious live events in Malta called ‘Rockestra’ in September 2016, Ozzy sang the classical track from 'Prince' - 'Purple Rain' alongside the prestigious Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Aurelio Belli

- Ozzy was also invited to be part of the ‘Rockin1000’ which is The Biggest Rock Band on Earth singing alongside 1200 musicians in Cesena, Italy. The concert was to be the first of many concerts that the Rockin 1000 have performed worldwide.

Once a Resident singer and co-host of RED TV, Music & Other Sounds the show hosted some of the most popular Artists from

Malta and also from the International stage, Ozzy Lino has also been know to do some regular radio DJ spots on Maltese radio shows such as Xfm Malta. Ozzy Lino still appears regularly on local and foreign TV show's.

Ozzy Lino acted, sang and danced in a Maltese 'Musical'style ‘Cabaret’ as ‘il-Boqqu’.  Balzunetta Towers’ Based on the work of the author Alfred Sant, The music was written by Maestro Dominic 

Galea, with lyrics penned by leading poet Albert Marshall and was  production and directed by Sean Buhagiar. The show took place at the prestigious Royal Opera House in 2017. Here is a scene from the show, where Ozzy as 'il-Boqqu' as he wins the heart of the Police Commissioner in order to get the permits to eventually build the twin towers in Balzunetta in Floriana Malta.

Ozzy took the reigns as a local coordinator of a Citizens Orchestra take on ‘Ode to Joy’ alongside Composer Tim Steiner and Ricardo Baptista from Ondamarela with over 200 amatuer singers and musicians joining the orchestra at the Royal Opera House in Valletta Malta in April 2017.

In October 2017 ‘G75’ The 75th Anniversary of the George Cross in Malta, as a coordinator in a small version of the Citizens Orchestra again alongside Composer Tim Steiner and Ricardo Baptista from Ondamarela in Valletta. Later in November Ozzy released ‘KUN KBURIJA’ an original song to help raise awareness against Domestic Violence along with Joe Brown and Darren Marmara. Then on the 31st of December the ‘NYE’ Celebrations in Valletta where Ozzy sang with The Brass House Unit bringing in the New Year together with Gloriana Arpa Belli and Gianluca Bezzina.

In January 2018 ‘V18’ or as Valletta was named Cultural Capital of Europe, Ozzy Lino took part in ‘TAL-LINO’ an event with ‘Random’ Bus hopping for a whole week all over Malta and Gozo and spreading the word that ‘All roads lead to Valletta’ leading up to the V18 celebration in Valletta.

This was then followed by the V18 opening ceremony in Valletta 

where Ozzy Lino had the honour of once again performing with The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra The concert, directed by Sigmund Mifsud, and was a journey into electronic dance music starting from the 1970’s onwards and includes 17 iconic tracks that have shaped the genre of electronic dance music throughout the years in a show conducted by Maestro Roderick Bugeja, produced by Damian Mizzi and one of Malta's top DJ 'Tenishia' in the first ever edition of the show ‘TEMPO’ in St. George's Square Valletta, Malta's capital city.

- January 2021 Ozzy was very proud have been invited to sing together with some great artists from across the world like Konal,

Alicja Chrząszcz, Birjiwan, Inan Lima,Linda Linne Asker, Sunni AI, 

Liane Evers & Ice Cream. All these artists came together to help commemorate Bangladesh as a republic for the last 50 years with the original song "Through The Tiger's Eye". This wonderful epic project was composed and produced by Robert Bartha.

Currently singing with various big bands such as The Brass House Unit, The Versatile Brass & Ozzy's Party Band - The Candy Moths

Over the years Ozzy Lino's style changed and so did his original material. ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ was Ozzy's first CD featuring many co writers and artists, along with 'She's My Kinda Woman' Ozzy's first hit single, the album also has 2 cover versions, the title track of the album 'Am I ever gonna see you face again' by 'The Angels' and 'The House of the Rising Sun' both were recorded by 'Colorblind' in 2003. 

Taking It Easy’ was the next album Ozzy released it consisted of all original tracks and also featured Alistar Galea on Guitars, Simon Fenech on Piano and Mark Axiak with a brain melting solo in 'Fallen Angels' it also had a hit single 'Firefly' and released in 2007.

‘Patience’ was first written back in 2005 on a piano in the home of Aaron Sammut the Drummer from the bands 'The Monitors', 'Dolls for Idols' & 'Massacre House Party' a chorus then followed, written in a homestead in the forest near the little town of Puy-l'Évêque in France, it wasn't until Ozzy went viral on the train in Frankfurt, when he was then offered to release a song with Robert Bartha and voila, 'Patience' was release in September 2016

'There aren’t that many Australian-Maltese singer-songwriters out there more’s the pity if this is anything to go by, the second album by a man who doubles as the frontman for indie-rockers The Monitors. Here, sans band, he goes for melody and poignant atmosphere while exploring the bizarre Bermuda triangle that lies between Coldplay, George Michael and Neil Young on a soul trip. And if that all sounds convoluted then, believe me, the music doesn’t – effortless songs such as Firefly, Sorry and Help Me are all supremely catchy as well as being works of real quality. A strong, at times brilliant, set of songs.

 

Sound: Clear and timeless production from Jewls Verse a.k.a. Ozzy Lino and Kathy Goodman of Mandala. 4/5 stars' **** 

 

- Phil Strongman, Hi-Fi Choice

 

‘Ozzy Lino is an exceptional artist,

with a confident and commanding performance' 

- Mike Galaxy - President of Indy Hits, Los Angeles.