Cristina Scuccia

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Cristina Scuccia
Birth name Cristina Scuccia
Also known as Sister Cristina / Suor Cristina
Born (1988-08-19) 19 August 1988 (age 29)
Origin Vittoria, Italy
Genres Pop, rock, soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2014–present
Labels Universal Records
Associated acts J-Ax

Sister Cristina Scuccia (also known as Suor Cristina, Italian for "Sister Christina") is an Italian Ursuline nun who won the 2014 season of The Voice of Italy[1] as part of Team J-Ax, resulting in a record deal with Universal.[2] In 2013, she won a Christian music competition as part of the Good News Festival.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cristina Scuccia was born in Vittoria in 1988.[4] She became a novice in 2009 and worked for two years with poor children in Brazil before formally joining the Ursuline order.[4] In the years from 2009 to 2011, Sister Cristina improved her artistic skills at the "Star Rose Academy" in Rome, created and directed by Maximo De Marco. Her singing teacher was the singer-songwriter Franco Simone.[5] Her television debut was in June 2012, on the program "Dizionario dei sentimenti" by Franco Simone, on Gold Tv in Rome.[6]

Career[edit]

2014–present[edit]

The Voice of Italy[edit]

In 2014, Scuccia applied to The Voice of Italy singing competition, singing for her audition "No One" by Alicia Keys. The performance received more than 95 million views on YouTube. She was very popular with the audience and all four judges—Raffaella Carrà, J-Ax, Noemi, and Piero Pelù—turned their chairs in the blind audition. Cristina chose to be part of Team J-Ax. Throughout the contest, she wore a simple crucifix around her neck, black shoes and ankle-length black religious habit.[citation needed] During the show, she sang "The Cup of Life" alongside Ricky Martin and during the final, she sang a duet with Kylie Minogue on "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[7] In the final, she won the trophy with 62% of the Italian votes against runner-up Giacomo Voli.[citation needed] After winning, she thanked God and recited the Lord's Prayer to the show organizers and audience.[8]

Performances

Album and video[edit]

On 20 October 2014, the music video for Scuccia's version of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" was released on Vevo platform.[12] It is the lead single from her new album "Sister Cristina" which was released on 11 November 2014.[13] The album contains her interpretations of a number of songs as well as two previously unreleased songs.[14]

On 18 December 2014, she released her second music video "Blessed Be Your Name".[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Track listing
IT
[16]
BEL
(Wa)

[17]
FR
[18]
2014 Sister Cristina (it)
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: 10 November 2014
17
133
46
  1. "Try" (3:35)
  2. "Fallin' Free" (3:32)
  3. "Like a Virgin" (4:00)
  4. "Somewhere Only We Know" (3:35)
  5. "Blessed Be Your Name" (3:48)
  6. "Fix You" (4:30)
  7. "No One" (3:55)
  8. "I Surrender" (3:53)
  9. "True Colors" (3:59)
  10. "Price Tag" (3:32)
  11. "Perto, longe ou depois [Ordinary World]" (4:08)
  12. "L'amore vincerà" (3:34)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
IT
[16]
FR
[18]
2014 "Like a Virgin"
 –
185
2014 "Blessed Be Your Name"
 –
 –

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singing Nun Cristina Scuccia Wins Italy's Voice". Billboard. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Singing Nun Sister Cristina Scuccia Wins Italy's Voice". New York Daily News. New York. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Davies, Lizzy. "Singing nun Cristina Scuccia Becomes Internet Star After The Voice Audition". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Suor Cristina, Italy's Singing Nun, Wins The Voice". The Daily Telegraph. Agence France-Presse. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Franco Simone su suor Cristina: "Non si farà stritolare da successo" - Adnkronos 30/04/2014
  6. ^ SUOR CRISTINA/ Video, L'esibizione al fianco del cantautore Franco Simone (The voice of Italy 2014) - Sussidiario 25/03/2014
  7. ^ "The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music! Kylie Minogue Joins Singing Nun for a Sister Act on Stage for The Voice Italy". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Agence France-Presse. "Suor Cristina, Italy's singing nun, wins The Voice". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Serie 2, blind 2, Suor Cristina Scuccia, #TEAMJ-AX". The Voice of Italy. YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Serie 2, Battle 1, Suor Cristina Scuccia Vs Luna Palumbo". The Voice of Italy. YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Suor Cristina - "What a feeling" - The Voice Of Italy - 07/05/2014". The Voice of Italy. YouTube. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0e8Uve7cJU
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUbtexBRmDY
  14. ^ "Like A Virgin: the song singing by Sister Cristina". ParlandoDi. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Sister Cristina - Blessed Be Your Name". YouTube. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Italiancharts.com - Sister Cristina discography
  17. ^ Ultratop.be/vl/ - Sister Cristina discography
  18. ^ a b Lescharts.com - Sister Cristina discography
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Elhaida Dani
The Voice of Italy winner
2014
Succeeded by
Fabio Curto