Born Iliriana Hoxha and better known by her stage name of Anna Oxa, this Italian vocalist released such chart-topping singles as "Un'emozione da poco" and "È tutto un attimo."
When she was just fifteen years old, she performed at Italy's prestigious Sanremo Music Festival. At eighteen, she won first place at the same festival after performing a duet with Italian blues singer Fausto Leali.
Before signing with Columbia Records and releasing the popular Per Sognare, Per Cantare, Per Ballare album, she recorded a #1-ranked, self-titled debut album on the RCA Italiana label.
She was born in Bari, Italy, to a family of Albanian heritage.
She recorded a popular cover of Patti Smith's hit song "Because the Night."