Date of Birth: 16th February, 1993
Location: From Xagħra, Gozo but presently living in Żebbug
Star Sign: Aquarius
Main occupation: Business Analyst
Media-related occupation: Singer and actor
Born and raised in Gozo, Joseph Refalo is one of the upcoming Gozitan talents. Throughout 2011, Joseph became a rising talent, gigging in various pubs and clubs on the sister island. He has performed in various local Maltese festivals, in the last edition of L-Istrina in December 2014 and also in the helping hands concert, Chess.
In 2011, Joseph was one of the finalists in the Summer Hit Song Contest which aired on ONE TV. Refalo was participating with the original song Queen of my Heart, which was penned by renowned songwriters Miriam Christine and Gerard James Borg. Refalo did quite well and gave one of his best performances on the final night.
Since then, Joseph has quickly been coming through the ranks of the industry, having successfully qualified for the final phase of the Summer Hit Song Contest 2014 with the song Fool For Love, composed by Miriam Christine to the lyrics of Rita Pace, as well as the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza in 2014 with F’Dinja Aħjar, composed by Dominic Cini to the lyrics of Stephen Baldacchino, and in 2015 with Ħdejk, written by Philip Vella.
He has also recently joined the drama Ħbieb u Għedewwa, where he has taken on a recurring role and the weekly entertainment TV show Ħadd Għalik. With a new image and new material coming your way, Joseph Refalo is surely a name and a face to look out for.
How did you first discover performance in your life?
I started singing at the age of 10, and my first taste of drama was when I was offered my first opportunity in DREAMS, which was a drama aired on the national TV station.
If you could perform with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to work with Anastacia. I love her voice and her performances on stage. I’d also love to perform with Nickelback. I love Chad Kroeger’s voice and their songs are beautiful. However, if I had to choose locally, I would go for Pamela. I’ve already had the opportunity to work with her, and it was a tremendously brilliant experience. I’d also opt for Ivan Grech from Wintermoods.
What makes you feel happy?
Having caring friends around me. Waking up every morning and having a smile on my face is enough to keep me in a good mood for a whole day. Obviously, things may not always go the way we want them to, but that’s the reason why I would love to have caring people surrounding me all the time, because they make up for it. Family is a truly huge priority in my life! This is the reason why I mention friends as well, because they are actually part of my extended family.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a girlfriend?
I cooked a whole 4 course meal for her, and I decorated the place and created the right atmosphere.
What are your essentials in life?
Family, friends, music and God. These four things fulfil me.
What three things would you take with you to a desert island?
A full tank of water, an umbrella to protect me from the sun and a map to find my way out of there.