Marina Rei – Roma – 7 settembre 2020
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Marina Rei (born 5 June 1969), is an Italian singer and songwriter.
Born in Rome as Marina Restuccia, daughter of Vincenzo "Enzo" Restuccia, drummer of the orchestra of Ennio Morricone and turnist, at 18 Rei started to dedicate herself to live music, performing in some of the best known Roman clubs. At the time she also appeared as backing vocalist and dancer in several television shows of RAI and Canale 5.
In 1991, Rei began to record dance songs under the name of Jamie Dee. In 1995 she adopted her actual stage name and released "Sola" and "Noi", that marked a change on her style and that were fairly successful. In 1996 she took part at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song "Al di là di questi anni" (later published in English with the title Because of you), ranking third in the category "Nuove proposte" and also winning the Critics Award. She later come back to the Festival in 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2008. In 1997 she won the Un disco per l'estate competition with the song "Primavera", a cover of The Real Thing's You to Me Are Everything. In 2004 she was nominated at Silver Ribbon for best original song for the song "And i close my eyes", included in the film Fino a farti male.