As Sister Cristina a few months ago, made its first appearance in the Italian version of "The Voice", they had to first explain why it was not so elegant dress as her fellow: "I'm just a real nun," she told the confused-looking coaches. Such perplexed looked also Raffaella Carra from washing, during the very first performance of Cristina had set last her chair in motion - it was already this interpretation of "No One" (Alicia Keys) more than just an eye-catcher: Complete with habit, hood and a crucifix around his neck, the 25-year-old Sicilian woman danced the soul from the body, while she gave the RB-hit the best. The audience was immediately out of control. The viewers at home as well: After just seven days of the clip from her Keys Cover recorded - the Alicia Keys Incidentally himself with the words "pure energy" in Twitter abfeierte - already more than 30 million views on YouTube. In the episodes then divided Cristina the microphone with Ricky Martin and Kylie Minogue, and only two months after that first appearance it was their version of "Flashdance ... What A Feeling", which should secure their 62% of the vote in the final. After this Cristina the price had taken delivery, she said pointing to an Our Father. A few weeks later she had already signed a contract with Universal, where on November 14, 2014 their self-titled debut album will be released.
Usually, they are also themselves, is the story of Cristina certainly not. And it was no easy way to this point, as they say, the need, the urge to make music, to sing, accompanied his own words so long may think. And to unite this urge with the vocation to a life marked by their faith, have their many conflicts and crises prepares - crises that they have only recently been entirely overcome can: "Good for me are singing and my faith one and the same" reported her while she sits in the convent in Milan, which belongs to the Ursuline Community; is there a novice and sings in the church choir otherwise. "But there was this moment, at the very beginning of my monastic life, to which I have already explained to me with this issue. I had made up my mind to live with God - and for put my music on hold. So I had to ask myself: Is it possible to combine singing and his faith with each other? And that's a great question to find an answer was anything but easy. My family, for example, kept nothing about it. On Sundays they went with us in the church; because nothing was to shake. So I had a sense clean my penchant for singing in to then combine this passion with the decision for a life of faith. Meanwhile, I can use my voice so that it exactly expresses: My love for life, my good news. But it was a very long way, which has led there. "
was said conflict Cristina to feel for the first time clearly, when she participated during her studies in Sicily in a Musical, in which the life of Sister Rosa Roccuzzo should be celebrated, the founder of the Ursuline Order of the Holy Family. At that time, as she recalls, laughing, singing Cristina "Just in a blues band, and I was mad at all - to the Church and the whole rules that seemed to impose on me. Was probably a classic case of rebellion of adolescents. I kept asking: 'Why do I go to church?' " Cristinas mother had accidentally hit the sisters who organized the audition for the musical, and she had her daughter suggested then, it nevertheless times to try it. Cristinas reaction: First, she refused the idea categorically refused. But they let the matter with the audition not quite going: "And then I found out," she says with fOr them so typical openness, "that Claudia Koll, who was once an actress, sometime even so undergone a conversion and has for the faith decision, and then I just thought, 'Hey, if I participate there, I meet determined people like her, someone who recognizes my talent - and then I can to Rome go and from there my music career compete. 'well, strictly speaking, I got the part afterwards even without audition. I played a little girl named Rosa, and this role has indeed led to the fact that I have questioned my whole self-image: 'Who am I', I wondered - and this questioning has made me angry at God. But ultimately, should this role, connected with these issues, change my life completely. Because at some point I just thought: 'Now I know what God wants from me.' "
After they went to the Academy of Performing Arts in Rome (where the aforementioned Claudia Koll a conductive Function Takes) had studied singing and dancing Cristina the novice house of the Ursulines in and then went first time to Brazil, where she was to devote two years of work with poor children: "This Brazil-stay made sure that the music clearly got the upper hand again, they exploded out of me, "she recalls. "I just could no longer hold back. There I sang constantly for people, and that is what should the music ultimately fOr me clean: Suddenly I realized that it was okay, that music and faith is not separated from his need, that the question simply did not have to be, 'How can I follow these two things separately? ', so that the whole conflict had no basis. In the Americas, it has a lot of tradition that bands clearly prescribe the belief there the connection between music and religion is considered quite normal. In Italy it is quite different, because the time has somehow stopped, for that matter. And so perhaps that is my job, my mission: to minutely change the. Finally, the art reinforces ultimately even faith. She takes him nothing. "
"The fact that people may not understand exactly what I was doing - or even the fact that I do that Ever has a lot to do with the past. The church always had this fixed, immutable structures. Only the character that I've set with 'The Voice', still went around the world - and I would say that proves that the people wanted to hear exactly this type of message that you order limits and these structures overcoming can. In addition, the current Pope even continue to work on the church gives a positive example for young people; they should set a positive example - where there but otherwise already is so much negative around us. Personally, I want to convey a positive message. Of course, it is unusual to see a nun so, no doubt, and sometimes feels already like that, you can swim as if against the current. And yes, there's something wrong with me not easy when I can not deal with music myself. Because she is my cure, and it is ultimately what connects me with God. The music chose me, and I chose it - what came of it first? By God, it is just as he chooses you, or do you choose him? Coincidences do not exist. I was born with this gift and she means everything to me -. But I have to share with other people, namely loudly "
At our meeting in the monastery makes me Cristina also her upcoming debut album, and she has to laugh when I indications that their feet always quite violently bobs to the beat when the rockier songs is your turn - such as the covers of "Price Tag", "Try "Pink or" No One ". What is clear: Cristina will always remain a rock Girl. Especially noticeable if you spend a little more time with her that talking themed duality with her not in contradictions opens, on the contrary: The two poles can complete the meantime. My deep belief is absorbed into their passion for music, become one with it. And the album combines two poles: the faster ones she has much calmer, compared with introspective moments - the most beautiful is perhaps Cristinas incredibly haunting version of Coldplay's "Fix You," in which her voice is framed by a choir, which brings the message of the songs even more clearly to the fore. Similarly personally affects their interpretation of "Somewhere Only We Know" (Keane), or even of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors". Madonna's "Like A Virgin" has it however, completely changed: "In general, I selected the songs because of their lyrics and their testimony. Some texts have an extremely Christian to me, even a piece like 'Like A Virgin' falls into this category, although of course I can also understand that some people this election will perceive as quite controversial. FOr me is the song of the beauty that is to change his life; I wanted to bring the idea to express that God can an emotional touch. Heading into the darkness of my crisis, God came and touched my soul - and gave me so that would to be his daughter. In the text of 'Somewhere Only We Know' there is a line - 'I'm getting old and I need someone to rely on' - and I understand it so that it comes to the search for a place from which one can make a fresh start. "
In july, Sister Cristina renewed her vow, and she plans, she says, to continue her life as a nun, a life that means ". Get up early, pray, worship" "My heart just knows how to sing," she concludes. "Pope Francis said: 'Go out and preach the Word of God', and quite naturally, as befits you feel right. That is my message, my life. That's what I'm doing. "
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