Andrea Bocelli's new album "Cinema," a collection of songs from movies, is the culmination of a longtime dream. The classically inspired singer fell in love with many songs as a child that he didn't know came from the movies.

Now he has gone back to his childhood memories and recorded some of those songs, including classics like "Moon River" and "Cheek to Cheek." Pop star Ariana Grande appears on the song "E piu ti penso."

Bocelli, fresh off a performance for Pope Francis in Philadelphia and ahead of a U.S. tour in December, explained why he wanted to focus on movie songs.

"The music of the movies is a very inspired and free and beautiful music. It's a music of freedom — like a big field where the composers can gather and run wherever they want," he said. "And, finally, it is inspired by emotion."

With a crossover career that has alternated between classical and pop music, he approaches each differently.

"When you sing opera you are very far from the people, you are onstage, and between you and the people there is the orchestra. So you have to launch your emotions very, very far," he said. "When you sing pop, you are singing very close. … You can whisper your emotions into the microphone."

What's his favorite movie song? ""I love very much for example 'Moon River' [from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.'] But I can't choose, it wouldn't be fair."

Associated Press