Christina Sikora

FRESH: ‘Here We Are Now’ – Christina Sikora

Christina Sikora says “Here We Are Now”

Christina Sikora is a 17 year old independent singer-songwriter from New Jersey. Christina began writing songs and playing multiple instruments around the age of 9. By the age of 14 she had already been performing her originals around New York, and later attended the Berklee College of Music summer songwriting program for 3 years, being mentored by NBC Songland’s Monument Records recording artist Sam DeRosa, LA indie pop singer-songwriter Wrabel, and Jake Ohlbaum guitarist/writer/producer of Nashville based pop-punk band The Foxies.

She continued to work with Jake Ohlbaum to produce and release her original music in 2018, as well as an EP in 2019 influenced by the styles of Julia Michaels, Taylor Swift, and Olivia O’Brien. Her debut single “Gone” landed air time on international radio station Fallen Angel Radio through Winter 2018-2019, and Skating By – EP began gaining traction on Spotify playlists during winter 2019.

Since then, Christina has two releases set for summer 2020 before moving to Nashville to attend Belmont University as a songwriting major later this year. The first of those tracks is “Here We Are Now”, a dance-pop track which is about reconnecting with someone from your past, with a very flashback high-school love type of feel to it. The song’s happy/upbeat reminiscing vibe is about falling in love with your first love again, and the production style was inspired by the song “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!