On the Italian version of The Voice, a singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, got all four of the judges to turn their chairs with her rendition of the Alicia Keyes song, “No One.” She gave a show-stopping performance, bringing tears to the eyes of one of the judges, the tattooed rapper 3-Ax.
Sister Scuccia, 25, with her head covered, dressed in a black nun’s dress, and wearing a cross necklace, assured the four judges that, yes, she was “truly a sister.” She said she was there to share her gift, and added: “I am here to evangelize.”
About 35 seconds into the song, Sister Cristina Scuccia got two of the judges to push their buttons and turn their chairs for her. They were visibly shocked when they saw a nun singing in front of them, performing the Alicia Keyes song with such power and emotion. The other two judges turned their chairs around soon afterward.
Sister Scuccia had four of her friends, fellow nuns from the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Order, watching her performance from backstage. They jumped up and down, clearly overjoyed by how well Sister Scuccia was doing.
The singing nun with the voice of an angel said, when she was asked what the Vatican would say of her performance, that she hoped “Pope Francis will call me.” Talk about having friends in high places….
What prompted Sister Cristina Scuccia to audition for The Voice?
Sister Cristina Scuccia took Pope Francis literally when she heard that he had told the nuns “to come out” of their convents, the better to disseminate the word of God to the people.
Music, like love, art, and math, is an universal language, so Sister Scuccia hit upon the idea of auditioning for The Voice to attract potentially the largest audience she could reach, with the hopes of leading them — eventually, anyway — to the Lord.
In the United States, the big news about The Voice is that Christina Aguilera is pregnant and Cee Lo Green is leaving the show. While interesting to fans of the hit NBC series, that news has been overshadowed by the amazing voice of the singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia.
The Voice of Italy’s biography of Sister Scuccia says that she had always wanted to become a singer, that it was her “childhood dream.” As of 2008, Sister Cristina Scuccia was a “non-believer, and against the Church.”
Cristina Scuccia, seemingly by chance, found herself in a music hall which the Sisters of the Ursuline Holy Order had organized. While in attendance there, Cristina felt moved by the Spirit of God, and that led to her decision to become a nun.
The reaction of the audience and the judges of The Voice is almost as amazing to watch as the performance of Sister Scuccia. It will likely go down as one of the most intense an electrifying moments ever on The Voice of Italy. Please check out Sister Cristina Scuccia singing “No One” by Alicia Keyes below, and hear for yourselves this 25-year-old nun with the voice of an angel!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Sister Cristina Scuccia Sings “No One” by Alicia Keyes