Norwegian born and raised Cris Valkyria's music is enchanting, melodic and ethereal. Her lyrics are captivating, and her voice is surprisingly rich in tone, versatile and ever-changing. With the support from her band, The Opponents, her folk-pop-rock songs are coming to life in a haunting way. There is something unique about the sound, yet comfortingly familiar. Her rock songs are as powerful as her softer songs are yearning, soothing and haunting. Active on the Philadelphia music scene, - Cris Valkyria and her band the Opponents are a band to look out for.
Center City, Philadelphia PA
Cris is inspired by the classical female artists as Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone, folk icons like Melanie Safka and Joan Baez, as well as more contemporary female songwriters like Heather Nova, Sarah Maclachlan, Jewel and Tori Amos. Also male songwriters like Dylan, early Lenny Kravitz and Ben Harper are high up on the list of influential artists. Her record player has been eroded by classical albums from the Beatles, the Doors, as well as good old Broadway musicals. She also loves the darker side of the 80s and 90s, with highlights like the Clash, Smiths, New Order and Happy Mondays.