From Bandanà to Gianni Bella, from Tony Esposito to Sold Out

“State of Mind”

RIO’s new record project, out now on all digital store.

RIO‘s solo album State of Mind was released on all the best streaming platforms on 7 june, 2020.

Maurizio De Franchis, aka Rio was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956. He has always been active on the Italian music scene since his first band, Bandanà, and then joined the Sold Out band for which he was author and singer with albums released for Sony Music International, and continue his career by collaborating with artists such as Tony Esposito, Gianni Bella and many other Italian and international artists.

State of mind is the new recording project by RIO, recorded in 2019, contains eleven songs in English written, sung, played and arranged by the artist.

Each of these songs speaks about love, the only medicine to be able of curing all ills.

RIO has dedicated to this project a year of intense and inspired work. State of mind was written and arranged by himself and was recorded between Napoli, Palinuro (Sa) and Miami. 

Listen “State of Mind” here:

«It is easy for many to talk about themselves but for me it is not so. However, I will try to do my best. Regarding the State of mind project, I wanted to carry it out over the period when I was very inspired. 

The source from which I drew was that of love. The whole album is a dedication to this which is the highest feeling that makes us live unique moments as I have experienced personally. 

For me, love is the only medicine against all kinds of evil. Great musicians collaborated on the project for the love of music. »

State of mind, is a new recording project by Rio, it was registered in 2019 and is available on all streaming platforms and digital stores from 7 June 2020.


Maurizio de Franchis aka RIO was born in Napoli, Italy, in 1956. 

He is a famous name in the italian music scene. 

In 1987 “Sanremo Festival” with Tony Esposito sung “Sinue” as Maurizio de Franchis. 

In 1991 He is in a band called “Sold Out”, they made a record called “Souled” that was published all over the world. He takes the nickname of “RIO”. 

They participated in the BBC1 television, and video clips in London, Los Angeles, New York. 

In 1991 “Sanremo Festival International” – “Sanremo Festival Italy”– Sold Out sung “ Listen to me” the English version of “Io ti prego di ascoltare” of famous Italian singer Riccardo Fogli. 

One of the song of – Souled record – “Shine on”, was in the European charts for many months. 

In the meantime Rio collaborates as songwriter with many international music artists.

State of mind is the new music project by Rio.

Credits State of Mind

Written and arranged by Rio 

Artistic production: Gino D’Ignazio 

Esecutive production: Paki Palmieri for the Katana Sounds

Record Producer: Paki Palmieri

Record Label: PMS Studio

Publishing: Quelli come noi Srl

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