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Toronto-based Artist Dani Kristina Never Thought She Would Be a “Gambler”

By Linc Bradham

Toronto-based singer and songwriter Dani Kristina has been writing songs since she was only five years old, and her vast experience undoubtedly shows in her polished and incredible execution. She won a contest with the first song she wrote, “Thunder and Rain,” at the age of six, and had her first professionally recorded song, “One Day,” at the age of seven.

She has since written over 400 other songs, and each of them is something special. In addition to being an accomplished vocalist, Kristina is also an incredibly adept classical pianist. Her voice is a powerful, smooth, and unique feature of her beautifully written and perfectly executed catalog of music.

With her latest single, “Gambler,” Kristina channels a broad range of influences…Depeche Mode, Christina Aguilera, and the most unlikely influence of all…most of us know Rick Astley for the internet phenomenon of getting “Rick Rolled,” but across the pond in England, he is one of the most revered male vocalists of all time…So who would’ve thought the next coming of Rick Astley would be found in a new Canadian powerhouse of a female vocalist?

Meant as the highest of compliments, the comparison between Kristina and Astley is one which will hopefully draw in a new group of fans and followers for Kristina, as she absolutely deserves our attention and support. Listen to Gambler here and see for yourself.

This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist

Linc Bradham

Linc Bradham

Linc Bradham is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer, and songwriter originally from Savannah, GA. He has resided in the DMV for the last three years and has served in the active-duty Army for the last 12 years. He is in the process of switching Army careers into the Army Field Band as an audio engineering professional, with long-term goals of promoting music education in America and the Middle East.

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