AceShowbiz - Sister Christina Scuccia wowed everyone with her covers of Cyndi Lauper and Mariah Carey among others when she competed in the first season of "The Voice Italy" earlier this year. The nun who eventually won the singing show is now readying a new album and has just released her debut single, which is a rework of Madonna's controversial hit "Like a Virgin".
Scuccia's turned the dancey pop tune into a slow-tempo ballad. Her version comes along with an accompanying music video that was shot in black and white and centers on the 26-year-old nun as she sings the song in and around several classic buildings in Italy.
"I chose it myself. Without any desire to provoke or scandalize," Scuccia told the Catholic newspaper Avvenire of why she chose to cover Madge's classic. "If you read the lyrics without being influenced by what has gone before, you discover that it is a song about the capacity of love to make people new again. To release them from their past. And this is how I wanted to interpret it."
"That's why we've transformed it from the pop-dance track it was into a romantic ballad a bit in the style of Amos Lee. Something more similar to a lay prayer, than to a pop piece," she added.
Scuccia's debut album comes out on November 11 via Republic Records. It will also include covers of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know", Jessie J's "Price Tag", Coldplay's "Fix You" and Duran Duran's "Ordinary World".