MusicPro (UK) Group News - 25th October 2011

Sonja Kristina Still Dedicated After 40 Years!

Sonja Kristina

Currently in the middle of a UK tour with Curved Air, Sonja Kristina is still as dedicated to music as she was back in the early 70's.

Sonja told Southampton's Daily Echo, "Music is alive, it breathes fire, particularly with the current line-up of Curved Air also featuring fellow original member, drummer Florian Pilkington-Miska. We're all still fearless players, which gives the old songs a new edge."

Sonja cites Canadian chanteuse, Buffy Saint-Marie as her main inspiration, "It was when I was about 16 that I first heard Buffy and things changed. She is not only a great wordsmith and player but she is such a passionate performer, and the reason I became a singer."

"I started singing songs and reciting poetry to people I knew, and I got a good reaction, so I moved into the local folk clubs that were springing up."

"I was at college at the time, but I was a bit of a handful and the college suggested I took a year’s leave to get it out of my system. Legendary record producer Joe Boyd took over as my manager and sent me all over the country playing little gigs here and there."

As the London scene exploded into the hippie centre of the UK, Kristina got the part of Crissy in the stage production of the musical Hair. While performing in Hair, Sonja met the musicians who would evolve into Curved Air. Between 1970 and 1976 Curved Air released nine albums, including Airconditioning and Second Album, scoring a chart hit with the single Back Street Luv.

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