Sol3 Mio — pronounced Sole Mio — consist of classically trained and contemporary-influenced tenor brothers Amitai and Pene Pati as well as their baritone cousin Moses Mackay. This musical family is of Samoan heritage and became international starts after a breakthrough performance on New Zealand television in 2012. Their self-titled debut album featuring opera classics and modern favorites, has been No. 1 for 16 non-consecutive weeks and has been certified seven-times platinum, making them the best-selling album of 2013 in New Zealand, selling more copies than Lorde. It has landed at No. 6 in Australia and cracked the top 50 in the U.K.
At first, the trio formed for a party trick.
“We thought, let’s have a good laugh and drink,” recounts Pene, in an interview with Billboard. “When we did it, we pulled it off really well and people were saying, 'You should form a group.' Then later on the down the line we thought we should just form this group as a fundraiser to get to Cardiff to study [at the Wales International Academy of Voice]. And then break up again."