At the age of fourteen, life took her to Cyprus, an international school with new friends from different countries and a cultural difference that so desperately made her long for home, she searched for the first opportunity to express herself through her passion for music, the music she had taken with her to keep alive the memories, with the hope of one day taking her to new horizons.
At seventeen, with English as her mother tongue, a bit of Afrikaans as a second language and some Greek spoken at home with her mother, without a word of Italian and a mere teenager, she ventured to Milan, Italy with only a little dictionary, to find a place to live. The plan was to study the language. She soon found a way through a full scholarship to train as an opera singer, but she wanted more; to have her own voice that would tell her story and what was in her heart. In the mean time life’s responsibilities pushed her into the corporate world that was slowly ebbing away her dream and soul. Taking advantage of the short distances and being the cultural sponge that she was, she took every opportunity to evade and traveled to Austria, Germany, France, Monte Carlo, Greece, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Egypt and Israel until one day, a quiet-spoken colleague instigated, “You say you’re a musician, are you going to spend the rest of your life behind a desk?”. Annoyed, but she secretly felt the same way and had her own “American Dream” in mind.
Soon after her employer was forced to relocate to another country while at the same time, her apartment became unavailable for rent, so what came next seemed logical, the Berklee World Scholarship Tour Auditions. Before she knew it, “with a little help from her friends”, a nice incentive and severance package, she was off to Boston to start a new life again from scratch. Four years later, a college ambassador with new composition, arranging, production and performance skills under her belt, and an award for outstanding musicianship she, together with two other friends, rented a van moved to New York City, the music mecca cultural melting pot of the world where she fit right in.
She longed to produce an album that would capture the essence and energy of her dearly missed South Africa, enriched by the reflection of where life had taken her and the Berklee experience that had pushed her envelope further. She ventured into putting her dream team together. “Dance Mama!”, a ten-track original collection of arrangements infused with syncopated rhythms of traditional jazz and South African influenced horn and powerful vocal arrangements, with shout outs to the South African jazz greats, as well as to an eclectic mix of R&B and funk icons all filtered through Vaindirlis’ unique worldly perspective, features Telarc recording artist Hiromi, along with the legendary Paul Simon “Graceland”
Christine’s voice of deep personal experience and transcontinental life culminates in her songs that emanate a source of profound happiness and gratitude, the sunny disposition that echoes throughout her work, a reflection of where she has been and the foundation of where she’s going. She IS WORLD MUSIC! “When I look back I think…it’s been quite a trip and you can only really understand it through my music. This is more than I could have ever imagined. Who knows where life will take me next? "God is good!” Ms. Vaindirlis smiles.
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GingerNewYork found on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) since launching in November, 2010, has been showcasing the “Kool Kats…Gotham Nights” greats of music and culture of New York and beyond. What defines GingerNewYork is its host Ginger Broderick’s unique insight, connection to and pulse on the music and culture of Gotham making GingerNewYork one of the most sought after programs to appear on.
GingerNewYork can be seen in Manhattan on Time Warner Cable Channel 34, Fios Channel 33, and RCN Channel 82, every Friday afternoon at 2pm EST. It can also be seen live streaming on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network's website, www.mnn.org, Channel 1.
About GingerNewYork host Ginger Broderick:
Broderick perhaps better known to many as “The Media CPA” is a fixture on the media circuit.
Ms. Broderick appeared regularly for eight years on weekend morning financial segments for WABC Eyewitness News. She has appeared on Good Day New York, WNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, NY1 and WOR Radio discussing tax-related issues. She has interviewed with top financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Wealth Manager.
Ms. Broderick completed her TV Producer’s Certification at Manhattan Neighborhood Network and launched her own talk/variety show, GingerNewYork. Segments of the show are aired LIVE at the MNN studios and taped at the Gibson Guitar showroom/Rehearsal Studios in New York City.
Broderick is a faculty member of Queens College/CUNY Continuing Education Program. Broderick obtained a B.S. degree in accounting from St. John’s University in New York City and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York.
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