Oxa, known as "la Voce e il Cuore" (the Voice and the Heart), debuted with a song called "Fiorellin del Prato" at the age of 15. After issuing her debut album, called Oxanna, the young Italian popular artist recorded Anna Oxa, including a successful version of Patti Smith"s "Because the Night." In 1982, Anna Oxa left Radio Corporation of America and signed up with Columbia Broadcasting System before releasing her breakthrough album, Per Sognare, Per Cantare, Per Ballare, featuring the hit single "Senza di Maine" (Without Maine). Together with Fausto Leali she represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1989.
Their entry, "Avrei voluto" was placed ninth out of a total of 22 songs.