What started as a normal trip to an Ulster, New York Sam’s Club in 2017 became a moment to remember when Christina Kokonis-Viggers decided to give the store’s karaoke machine a try. She was walking through the warehouse with her friend Amanda Lasher when they discovered the sing-a-long device. Christina immediately felt the urge to burst into song, and when she did, she took everyone by surprise.
Rather than feel abashed by what was going on, Amanda decided to record Christina’s singing with her phone. It’s a good thing she did, because it was an incredible performance!
Christina connected the machine to her phone and began singing “Maybe This Time” from John Kander’s “Cabaret,” a popular musical originally written in 1966. She captivated the other shoppers with her first few notes and they stood and listened in awe.
Christina was putting everything she had into the song and she sounded great! When interviewed by ABC 7 New York, Amanda told the reporters that everyone was blown away by Christina’s performance.
“Afterwards, she got like this great applause. That was amazing,” Amanda noted to the news outlet.
Everyone was surprised that such a beautiful voice could come from a random person in a wholesale store. After visiting the store, Amanda uploaded the video of Christina’s singing to her Facebook page. She had a strong feeling it was going to go viral. However, Christina did not share Amanda’s faith that this would happen.
“She said, ‘I’m going to put it on Facebook. This is going to blow up.’ And I said no,” Christina related to ABC 7.
But Amanda was right; a few hours after she uploaded the video, it quickly started to gain views. People enjoy hearing Christina’s voice and are clamoring to hear what she’s going to sing next. Hopefully, Christina will be releasing more music in the future, perhaps even some songs she herself has written!
So, what do you think of Christina’s singing? Would you like to hear more music from her? Would you like to see her live? Let us know in the comments and please pass this article along to your friends. We’d love to hear their thoughts too.