Click play above and meet Cristina Scuccia, aka Sister Cristina, the 26-year-old nun who auditioned for The Voice of Italy earlier this year and won the whole dang thing after the country fell in love with her powerful Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys covers. After winning a record deal with Universal Music, the singer released a cover of "Like a Virgin" as the single to introduce her to the rest of the world.
But this isn't some sexy dance-pop number. Sister Cristina has transformed Madge's classic into a tender ballad adorned with a subtle-yet-empowering tribal beat and hauntingly beautiful harmonies. And just when the song sounds like it's finished, it moves into a grand guitar solo to end the track on a truly epic note.
So, why was a nun inspired to record "Like a Virgin?" In an interview with Italian newspaper Avvenire, Sister Cristina said, "I chose it. With no intention to provoke or scandalize. Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people. To rescue them from their past. And this is the way that I wanted to interpret it."
And like any good cover, Sister Cristina truly did make it her own.
Look out for her self-titled debut album coming November 11. Could Sister C become a superstar? A look back in time reminds us that in 1963, French song "Dominique" by Belgium's Jeanine Deckers, professionally known as The Singing Nun, was a huge international hit, going No. 1 in America. Don't count her out.