Generally, when you’re strolling around a store there is some sort of music playing out of sight. At times it’s “elevator” music that you for the most part block out; different circumstances the store is playing commonplace pop melodies or possibly occasion music.
I’d figure a great many people don’t give careful consideration to the music that is being played over the speakers, however, a few customers who wandered out to Sam’s Club in New York as of late were dealt with to an exceptional melodic execution that they couldn’t disregard!
Christina Kokonis-Viggers is an artist from Staten Island who has picked up web acclaim as of late after a video of her singing at Sam’s Club circulated around the web.
Kokonis-Viggers, who is referred to by companions as Stina Marie, was shopping with her closest companion Amanda Lasher when they saw a karaoke machine in plain view and chose to have some good times.
The vocalist grabbed the amplifier, increased the volume, and started to belt out “Perhaps This Time” from the 1972 melodic Cabaret
This epicness just went down in Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club you are welcome!#samsclub#putmeonsteve
Posted by Amanda Lasher on Friday, October 20, 2017
Kokonis-Viggers says this minute was exceptionally abnormal for her – she, as a rule, spares her singing for the stage – yet it appears to have paid off. In only a couple of days, Amanda’s video of the unconstrained execution had a large number of perspectives and Kokonis-Viggers was getting calls from news destinations and radio stations.
“My friend posted it that night when we were leaving the store, and she said, ‘Christina, you know this is going to go somewhere,’” Kokonis-Viggers recalled. “I said, ‘No, it’s really not.’
“So after I shared it on my Facebook, we were just sitting there, watching TV. We both looked at our phones and went, ‘Oh, my God. It’s already at 2,000 tonight!’”
The 32-year-old artist says she has been overpowered by the reaction her video has gotten.
“It has been a whirlwind,” she said. “I am overwhelmed, and I’m not overwhelmed because of all these postings and people that are messaging me. I’m overwhelmed because there are so many women who are just messaging me, left and right and saying, ‘We love you’ and ‘This is amazing.’ That’s really great to see there is this camaraderie between women.
“The other thing is putting a smile on somebody’s face. I’ve gotten so many messages where someone has said, ‘I just got out of my chemo treatment,’ and I want to cry with them, but then they’re like, ‘Thank you for putting a smile on my face.’
“I had one woman message me and said, ‘My son passed away two years ago, and I came across your video, and I just started smiling.’ How do you respond to that other than to say, ‘I’m so glad that I could at least spread some sunshine your way.’”
Right now, Kokonis-Viggers works as a senior consumer fund specialist at the Middletown-based Access: Supports for Living where she safeguards the funds of the developmentally disabled. She also serves as president of Upstage Productions, a musical theater in Hudson.
For now, she’s just waiting to see what happens, but she said she would love it if she could make a full-time career out of her music, even though she would miss the people she works with now.
“I’m sure that they are aware that if something does happen and it takes off from this that I will be pursuing that with their full support,” she said.
I feel like I need to name this picture in honor of tonight: officially #12yearssingle
Kokonis-Viggers says she has no established preparing – “A large portion of what you folks got the opportunity to see is quite recently diligent work and practice” – yet adores to provoke herself with great tunes.
She told, “I love to challenge myself with the old greats like Etta James and Sharon Jones, so I love to get into that big, brass-type music,”.
The truth will surface eventually if this was the starting point for Kokonis-Viggers’ huge melodic vocation, yet for the time being, she’s simply getting a charge out of the ride and endeavoring to stay grounded.
According to her, “I would love to one day be up there with the greats like Adele and going to the Grammys, but if just the simplest thing happens where I could have a career in singing and pay my everyday bills, that’s what I’d love to do,”.
“My biggest thing is to make sure I stay the same and that I’m still goofy and laugh-in-your-face. Regardless of where it goes–whether it’s just a viral video and I get a couple of branches out or I actually make it big – I want to make sure I remain a regular human being.”
Look what arrived !!!! Going live a little later on with Amanda to un-box it and try it out !!! Thanks The Singing Machine
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