Christina Skleros, hails from Barnegat, NJ. She is often remembered as the 8 year old New York Yankees ‘Good Luck Charm’ for her rendition of the National Anthem sung at the series clinching game six of the 1996 World Series in Yankee Stadium.
Currently, Ms. Skleros is a vocalist touring the world with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (former lead guitarist from Deep Purple), and for the past 4 years a vocalist and musician with Blackmore’s Night. Throughout the year she continues to perform the National Anthem when requested and owns and operates Musicology Studios, teaching voice, piano, flute, guitar and band instruments to children of all ages.
She attended Manhattan School of Music for three years as a classical vocal performance major and was awarded the distinguished ‘President’s Award’ Scholarship. Christina then graduated from William Paterson University in May 2011 and completed her Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies. Ms. Skleros was honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Hellenic Times ‘Melina Kanakaredes Scholarship for the Arts’ and that same year was named a finalist in the Dianne Reeves ‘Carnegie Hall Workshop for Jazz Singers’.
Her cabaret debut was made at ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ in New York City with her solo show, ‘Something to Talk About’. Christina was honored to be selected by Pulitzer Prize, Oscar and Grammy Winner, John Corigliano, to perform his challenging piece, “Forever Young” on NPR’s award winning program ‘From the Top’. The solo was delivered in New York City’s Florence Gould Recital Hall and subsequently she was invited to follow up with another performance at Boston’s New England Conservatory for the “From the Top” Gala.
With her talented brother, Christina entertained in The East Room of the White House during “Christmas at The White House”. That spring, she was selected to open New York’s Bryant Park ‘Young Artists Concert Series’.
Over the years, Christina was invited to solo with The Art Sayers Orchestra (former Sinatra Trombonist) in Boca Raton, Florida; performed with the NJ All-State Jazz Choir; was the highest rated entertainer in Mutual of New York’s ‘President’s Conference’ history; selected to solo on the New York Stock Exchange Bell Platform and performed at the Rockefeller Center ‘Christmas Tree Lighting’ on the bill with Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton.
During 2013, Christina performed a myriad of shows with the Ocean Professional Theater Company. A recent project, "Box of Kisses", allows her to show support for the troops overseas. She recorded a version of ‘Box of Kisses’ along with Vermont children whose parents are in Afghanistan. The song was debuted on the Armed Forces Network and aired to over one million service men and women around the world.
Christina’s love of music and hard work has taken her all over the world. That love has created a lifetime of memories and many, many wonderful friends and teachers.