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Luisa Ionela Luca  (born 22 August 1988), known professionally as  Minelli , is a Romanian  singer  and  songwriter . Upon being part of the girl group  Wassabi  from 2006 to 2009, she rose to fame with her 2019 single "Mariola", which topped the Romanian  Airplay 100  chart. Subsequently, in 2021, " Rampampam " became a hit in multiple territories. Minelli was born as Luisa Ionela Luca on 22 August 1988, and began singing at the age of 11, when she formed a band in her hometown.  In 2004, she moved to  Bucharest , and between 2006 and 2009, she was a member of the band  Wassabi . They attempted to represent Romania at the  Eurovision Song Contest  in 2007, submitting the songs "Crazy" with  Morandi  and "Do the Tango with Me" to that year's national final.  After Wassabi disbanded, Minelli focused on her solo career and began working as a singer and songwriter. In 2019, Minelli released her first number-one single in Romania, "Mariola", which topped the country's  Airplay 100  ranking. 2021's " Rampampam " became a hit multiple regions such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Lithuania and Poland. For the week ending 28 August 2021, "Rampampam" reached number 139 on the  Billboard 's   Global Excl. U.S.  The single won Minelli the award for the most-listened song at the Artist Awards 2021.  As a songwriter, Minelli's repertoire includes songs such as "Inimi de ceară" (2017) performed by  Andra ,  "Touch Me" (2019) by  Antonia and " Flashbacks " (2021) by  Inna . Minelli met Lucian Luca in 2007 at a recording studio, and the two later married. In 2010, they became parents when Sarah Maria, their first child, was born. In 2017, Minelli gave birth to her second child, a boy named Filip.

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