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Cristina Scabbia

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Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia (born June 6, 1972 in Milan, Italy) is one of two vocalists in the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. She also has an advice column, alongside Pantera member Vinnie Paul in the popular rock magazine Revolver. Scabbia has said that the biggest compliment that a fan could pay her would be to remark on her vocal abilities.

Scabbia grew up listening to music with her family, which included two brothers and a sister. Though her sibling’s musical preference differed from Scabbia’s, her first influences were from bands such as Genesis, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and traditional Italian music. She began to take interest in metal music in her 20’s as well as 1980’s music, which also included dance music. Scabbia has said it is difficult categorize what influenced her as a musician and she feels that any type of music has had an influence on her.

Scabbia first began using her vocal abilities to back up Lacuna Coil’s then lead singer Andrea Ferro. The last member to join the current line up, she was friends with the members previous to joining. When Lacuna Coil recognized her interest to sing in the group, they planned to record a demo with Scabbia that would be sent to record labels to get the group a record deal. Scabbia was initially asked to sing parts of the choruses, but the band liked the sound duality of the male/female vocals and asked her to be a permanent member.

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