Initially famous as the winner of the third season of X Factor Italy, he went on to release a hit single titled "Dove si vola," as well as a certified Gold album titled Solo 2.0. He received numerous MTV Italian Music Awards and an MTV Europe Music Award. Popular on social media he has earned over 1.7 million Twitter followers.
In 2009, he auditioned successfully for the X Factor by performing a cover version of the Eduardo De Crescenzo hit "Uomini semplici."
After being proclaimed the winner of the 2013 Sanremo Music Festival, he represented his native Italy in that year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The only child born to Maurizio Mengoni and Nadia Ferrari, he spent his childhood in Ronciglione, Viterbo, Italy, and later lived and worked in Rome.
Mengoni and fellow Italian vocalist Ruggero Pasquarelli both rose to fame through their appearances on X Factor.