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Singer Cristina Scabbia was born on June 6, 1972 in Milan , Italy . She and her siblings – two brothers and a sister – were raised listening to music from an early age. Her tastes varied from that of her siblings, however, preferring bands the likes of Genesis, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin over the kind of traditional Italian music the rest of her family enjoyed. She’s noted that she had no interest in singing as a child, and that it “just kind of happened”; she’d never taken any vocal lessons to improve her voice.
By her twenties Scabbia developed an interest in metal and dance music (a bit of a separation, there), and in 1991 Scabbia began touring with other bands as a backup musician for other bands and various gigs. In that same year she met male vocalist Andrea Ferro and his bass playing friend, Marco Coti Zelati, in a Milan club. It turned out the two men were part of a band called Ethereal, and they hired Scabbia on as a session singer, having been suitably impressed with her performance.
But Scabbia managed to impress them past just providing backup vocals on recording sessions, and the band enjoyed the combination of male and female vocalist. Thus Scabbia was brought on as a full band member. Not long after the band’s numbers were cut down to just Scabbia, Ferro and Coti Zelati, and they recorded a demo in 1996. Not long after sending it in they were signed by Century Media, and once that happened they changed the name to the now-familiar Lacuna Coil after discovering that Ethereal was already taken.
At some point during their first years together, probably around 1994, Scabbia and Coti Zelati began to date. Their relationship lasted ten years and went through an engagement period before they broke up. They have nevertheless remained friends and professional partners. Scabbia is currently said to be dating James Root, one of the musicians from Slipknot and the lesser-known Stone Sour.
Lacuna Coil released its self-titled EP in 1998 and then went on tour to promote their album. Not long after a second tour they recorded a debut full album, In a Reverie, adding another guitarist – Marco Biazzi – in the process. Since then the band has released three more albums and another EP, with a fifth, as yet unnamed fifth studio album set for release in 2009.
Lacuna Coil, though Scabbia’s primary role, is not her only one. She’s also provided her voice to other artists in duets, including Franco Battiato, Rezophonic and Apocalyptica. Her powerful voice on-stage has Scabbia in high demand as a metal singer. Despite this, however, Scabbia’s already said that she a) doesn’t plan on leaving Lacuna Coil and b) doesn’t plan on setting out on her own solo act any time soon.
Beyond singing Scabbia regularly writes an advice column in Revolver magazine.