Sole Mio

SOL3 MIO (stylised as SOLΞ MIO) is a New Zealand musical trio consisting of Moses Mackay, Pene Pati and Amitai Pati. Of Samoan descent and classically trained, Moses is a baritone, and the Pati brothers are operatic tenors.[1] SOL3 MIO is the combination of three powerful and moving operatic voices, with more than a dash of uncontainable humour. By their own definition they are first and foremost "classical singers bridging the gap with contemporary", but the unique way in which they do it shows the potential to cut through the critical cognoscenti, and appeal to audiences who wouldn't normally be found anywhere near an aria. Their onstage brotherly bonhomie, off the cuff banter, and impeccable comedic timing is no act but simply an extension of their natural selves, and the culmination of a lifetime's worth of singing, performing and entertaining.

OriginAuckland, New Zealand
GenresOperatic pop
Years active2012 (2012)–present
LabelsUniversal Music Australasia

Decca Records United Kingdom

Capitol Records United States
WebsiteOfficial website
  • Moses Mackay
  • Pene Pati
  • Amitai Pati

Albums and tours

The group's self-titled debut album, featuring an operatic take on a range of traditional and popular songs, was the highest selling album in New Zealand in 2014 and 2015, and the second in 2016. The album is certified 8x platinum and won the named award twice in a row at the annual (VMA's) New Zealand Music Awards.[2][3]

In 2015 the group released a cover of Ed Sheeran's The Hobbit soundtrack song "I See Fire" in support of New Zealand's participation in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[4] The group's second album, On Another Note, was released in October 2015 and is certified 3x platinum.[5] At the NZ VMA's, the album won the highest selling album of 2016, being the third year in a row the group won the award.

In November 2017, the group released a Christmas album titled A Very MΞRRY Christmas featuring covers of a number of classic Christmas songs as well as two original pieces written and produced by Moses. The album is certified Gold and was their third consecutive album to debut at the top of the music charts.

Their annual tours named Christmas in the Vines sees the group perform at wineries across the country. In more recent years, the success of these tours has seen it being extended past Christmas, subsequently having the name altered to Summer at the Beach, and Summer in the Park. Every year the group announces a new charity they are sponsoring while continuing working with them in NZ and internationally. Among the charities they have sponsored have been the Dream Chaser Foundation, The Fred Hollows Foundation, and Red Cross.


Before the group was formed, 2008 saw Moses, 18, and Pene, 20, providing the backing vocals for the tour of the legendary Andrea Bocelli. In 2010 Moses, 20, and Amitai, 21, were among five that sung the backing vocals for George Benson's An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole Tour.

After individually being hand picked by highly esteemed Dennis O’Neill to further their music studies at the prestigious Wales International Academy Of Voice, the forming of the group was an idea thought of by the three in an attempt to fundraise the hundred and thousands of dollars they would need for all three of them to move to the UK indefinitely and afford the master's degree. In 2012, together with their families, they hired a school hall and performed to a half full audience. A few short months later saw them perform their first sold-out headlining show at Auckland Town Hall and they were signed to Universal Music the following day.

In 2015 they were named Top Group of the Year by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand, and again in 2016 at the Pacific Music Awards.

In 2017 Moses played DJ Otis in Robert Tapert's Pleasuredome starring alongside actress Lucy Lawless. During this time, Pene and Amitai were working closely with the San Francisco Opera also starring in lead roles.

Personal life

Pene and Amitai Pati are brothers, and have a distant family connection with Moses Mackay. The three discovered their family connections coincidentally, being involved with music groups whilst they were all studying at the University of Auckland.

Moses Mackay attended Rosmini College on Auckland's North Shore, graduating in 2007. Moses was a keen sportsman and musician in college, and following his older brother being Head Boy in 2004, Moses was also Head Boy in his final year. Moses is one of four, with an older brother Marley, and younger brother and sister Matthias and Anasetasia. Moses' main residence is in his hometown but frequently travels around the world.

Pene and Amitai Pati both attended Aorere College in Manukau, South Auckland. Pene graduated in 2005, and Amitai in 2007. Pene and Amitai are two of four, having an older sister Torres, and a sister in between the two, Fa'anenefu. Their main residence is in San Francisco, US. In January 2016 Pene Pati married Egyptian-born singer Amina Edris at a private ceremony at Villa Maria after proposing to her, at the same winery, on stage at the group's annual Christmas in the Vines tour in December 2014.[6]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
On Another Note
  • Released: 9 October 2015
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum[11]
A Very MΞRRY Christmas
  • Released: 10 November 2017
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Formats: CD, digital download

See also


  1. "New Zealand's Got Talent: Sole Mio". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. "Sweet-sounding Samoans on top of the tree". The Dominion Post. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. "Top of the pops: NZ's top selling tunes of 2014". Stuff. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  4. "Amazing Rugby World Cup song – Ed Sheeran's I See Fire by SOL3 MIO". Express. Express. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  5. "Sole Mio success pays off as they launch their 2nd album". Suga. Suga Magazine. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  6. Blackstock, Russell (28 December 2014). "Sol3 Mio's Pene Pati: 'I had no plan B if she said no in front of thousands of people'". Herald on Sunday. APN. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  7. "Sol3 Mio in New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  8. "Discography Sol3 Mio". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  9. "SOL3 MIO". Official Charts. Official Charts. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  10. "New Zealand album certifications – Sol3 Mio – Sol3 Mio". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  11. "New Zealand album certifications – Sol3 Mio – On Another Note". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  12. "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  13. "New Zealand album certifications – Sol3 Mio – A Very M3rry Christmas". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
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