Christiana is a singer. And what a singer she is!
A singer is something much different than a woman who enjoys singing. Either you are, or you’re not. A good technique can help a singer to develop, but it is not enough to make a good singer, just as little as studying a joke off by heart can turn you into a successful comedian.
Christiana sings Soul, Jazz, Adult Pop and sometimes Rock / Balkan Beats. Her technique is perfect,but only serves to hide exactly that fact. When Christiana sings, the music touches the audience. The skill required to generate this effect is innate and she conjures it up with a snap of her fingers and a casual naturalness that it disappears “offstage”.
Christiana is not only a wonderful, versatile singer; she is also a congenial lady with a very interesting history. She was born in the Romanian Resita as a member of the local Croatian minority. She probably sang before she could walk and at 5 years of age she began to play the violin, at first, then the piano and then the guitar.
As a soloist in the children’s choir, “little Christiana” already toured internationally and performed at a number of festivals. At the same time, she began a perennial study of Contemporary Dance. Already as a teenager, Christiana felt dissatisfaction conforming solely to the artistic specifications of others and started out at the age of 14 – and, for once, this is actually true – on a solo career.
She composed her own music and wrote her own lyrics, accompanying herself on the guitar, acquiring experience and success. The first 10 years of her life as a musician (between the years of 5 and 15!) provided her with a solid, multifaceted foundation for everything that was to follow in the years thereafter and has culminated in her inaugural and sensational highlight “How to get”.
From Success to Success
Christiana went on to form her “Christiana Uikiza Band” and performed at a multitude of club, TV and festival events. She won acclaim rapidly in Croatia and the videos to her songs “Kisa” (the rain, own composition) and “Ti si moje najdraze” (cover version of “Dream a little dream” from the Mamas & Papas) were soon played on a regular basis.
“Ti si moje najdraze” was number one in the radio charts. She won the “French Chanson Festival 2003” in Split and represented Croatia at the main event in France (Villefranche). She also played Dionne, one of the main parts in the musical “Hair”.
Christiana moved in 2005 to Vienna where she joined Hubert Tubbs and Tini Kainrath as lead singer in Joe Meixners “Soul What?”. She performed at the Zagreb Jazz Festival 2004 and 2005 and, in the same year, Christiana formed the “Christiana Uikiza Quartett” and sang in the “Kirk Franklin Tribute Gospel Band”. In 2006, she not only composed the music for the “Oedipus Stories” which was performed in the Viennese Off-Theater “Fleischerei” but also acted a role in the play herself.
Diverse performances followed and a few months later Christiana announced the first album that she had written herself called “This time it’s different” (produced by Christoph Burgstaller). Logically, a stream of further international events followed and, in 2010, she became lead singer in the Balkan band “Grooveheadz”.