The singing sister: winner of The Voice Italy releases second album
Known for winning The Voice of Italy in 2014, Italian Ursuline Sister Cristina has become a singing sensation, just releasing her second album “Felice” this spring 2018.
She says it was while working as a novitiate for two years in Brazil, that her calling to both music and religious life truly solidified.
“When I entered the congregation I did not want to sing any more, because I had always conceived singing as a type of show, as something not compatible with consecrated life. But in Brazil, I found it quite different. The Lord gave me this gift and even other nuns and priests sang. So I thought, maybe it's a waste if I do not really use singing as a gift for others.”
This desire to continue to sing was planted in her heart and after winning The Voice in 2014, she now travels with other sisters, meeting people and performing concerts. She says her sense of community, even while she's away from the convent, helps her maintain this “sense of normalcy” and her prayer life.
“It's fundamental that I am in front of Jesus and I pray a lot, because if not, I cannot give anything when I meet other people. It's a different type of consecrated life.”
Sr. Cristina says her new album reflects her happy interior life with color, because she has “found true love in Christ.” She explains that it manifests itself in her music because she acknowledges that she is never alone nor abandoned in the faith.
“This album was a chance to finally say something of my own, because the other one was a cover album, but this is an original album, so I was able to really say something. I wanted to write as much as possible about a colorful world in contrast to the world full of hate with the sadness, violence, and wrong addictions.”
Sr. Cristina is using her role as a singer to light up and bring a certain joy to the lives of all those around her. She explains she is thankful for this role because she countless people have written her, explaining that her music has even helped save some of their lives. It's a compliment this sister says is owed to God, who organized everything for her to be in this role.