From: NY, United States
Genre: Rock, Retro Rock/Disco, House Club Jazz
About Me: CHRISTIANNA ....Athens, Greece where I was born at a weight of 18 lbs. Coming into the USA 1969, since elementary school throughout high school, all my peers cruelly teased and bullied me because of my weight. A couple of years before college, I decided to slim down, so I lived on meals of Slim Fast, fade diets and the latest work out craze. The results? Oh, I lost weight alright... but I became very moody, caught lots of colds, the flu.... and in general, I just felt awful. The worst part, was all my life I wanted to be a well known artist, singing and writing! Yet, I was constantly reminded how I just DO NOT have "the look...." How shallow? Today, I'm proud to say I weigh 195 pounds at 5 feet and 7 inches! Somewhat Big? ...by today's fashion magazine standards, YES! Happy and healthy? Very much so! I have accepted ME. Not just a part of me, but ALL OF ME!!! You should too!
...What I've come to realize, I am not alone! My experiences and battles with weight and rejection are shared by millions. This was the biggest reason I wanted my first record to include the classic hit "All of Me". The message this song has, is not just a part of me, but all of me to be shared with everyone who hears my voice.
Don't judgment me all because I don't look like one of the kids in a Calvin Klein ad or that I can't fit into Kate Moss's clothes. ...tell you what. Hear me out, listen to what my music says. ...I'm you, I'm her, I'm him, an entertainer, a performer, a musician, an artist, a lover of beauty and art.... I sing, dance, a song writer, a poet, rock & pop, retro-rock disco kid, produce, publish, facilitate and mentor music.
Give in and accept me for who I am, hey! just take, All of Me. ....There is still more to come...! Since my European exposed music on various billboard charts both here in the US and aboard, I won't allow my constant health threat such as HIV of now 21 years, diabetes type II of 6 years, or cardioid my-apathy a/k/a CHF stop me from pursuing my most adorn work... my music!
The East Coast College Billboard Chart 1997, 13 week #11 top hit, "the All Of Me album" Lp CD, then, European billboard charts of e-radio [www.djplus.gr] & local television in Greece & France, 2007-8, 15 weeks #1 top hit, "Lost in the Horizon" single cd. Sit tight and stay tuned.... There's more of CHRISTIANNA to come! ***
Short Resume: Since 1996 to PRESENT performed **Between NYC, NY, NJ, LV, Philly, Greece, France, & the English Islands... I'm known to quite a few people.
*A CD release "Lost In The Horizon" single became a #1 HIT on e-radio [www.djplus.gr] in Greece for 15 weeks winter of 2007- 2008! ...and #4 hit in France.
Published LP cd, "the All Of Me album" rated #11 hit for 13 weeks by US East Coast College Billboard Charts, USA, summer of 1997.
*I have been listed in the Cambridge Who's Who 2006-7 the women section for my independant solo-achievements despite my illness.
*My poem, "Tears" was published 2006 by The International Society of Poets, recieved a 2006 Poetic Merit Award. Free to check-out... www.poetry.com and search "Tears" by Christianna Chrestotholos.
*Despite my 'living with Hiv/Aids' for the last 21 years due to an unfortunate and burtal event in my life,and surviving hospice in 2008, I am doing really well and I just REFUSE to give-up my dreams!
Above all, God bless all the researchers, their medicines, & everyone else who's been there for me.