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Paola & Chiara are two sisters born in Milan, Italy. Before joining the pop band 883/Max Pezzali in 1995-1997 they had their own group "Elefunky". One of the sisters appeared on the Videos of the Italian singer Laura Pausini. Later the manager of the band 883 saw the sisters play in one of the clubs in Milan signed them to the band and later their solo career started in 1997 when 883 and Paola & Chiara parted.
At the end of the 1997, the sisters won the New-Artist category for the song Amici Come Prima at the Sanremo Festival. After which they soon released their first album.
Chiara Iezzi was born on February 27, 1973, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Paola Iezzi was born on March 30, 1974, with dark hair and a dark complexion.
The two sisters were very close while growing up and treated each other like twins. They would wear each other's clothes and had the same taste in fashion, music and many other things. Chiara went to an artistic school and Paola went to a classic school. The sisters formed their first music group called The Elefunky, which specialized in funk music. They played in various clubs in Milan and were discovered by Claudio Cecchetto who was feverishly looking for a group that would help known artist Max Pezzali.
The sisters left the club scene and joined up with Max Pezzali to play at many Festival Bars in Italy. They became a part of a group called 883, and the sisters played the guitar and trombone. The group released the album "La donna, il sogno ed il grande incubo". After a big tour to promote the album, the sisters decided to become solo artists.
The sisters visited Ireland after seeing the movie, "Braveheart", because they wanted to visit the locations where the movie was shot. The trip was an inspiration to both and gave them a feeling of real freedom. The sisters returned to Ireland again and were inspired to write many song.
They decided to participate in the Sanremo New-talent search in 1996. The song In Viaggio (In Transit) led the sisters to win the contest in which they gained new fans and admiration.