Catching up after ‘The Voice’: For Fort Wayne’s Christiana Danielle, singing Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival is another step toward a music career
After making it to the Top 10 on “The Voice,” Christiana Hicks faced a decision about whether to pursue a career in music or go with her original plan of getting a master’s degree and a doctorate in social work.
Hicks, 23, who competed as Christiana Danielle on “The Voice,” plans to do both.
“I’m excited about both paths,” the Fort Wayne native said during a phone interview Tuesday with News-Sentinel.com.
Hicks, who reached the Top 10 during the 2018 spring season of “The Voice,” will perform Sunday evening at the Three Rivers Festival in a concert featuring Christian music artists. Also performing will be Addison Agen of Fort Wayne, who finished as runner-up on the fall 2017 season of “The Voice.”
In addition, Hicks and Agen will serve as grand marshals for Saturday’s TRF parade. Before the parade begins, Hicks will sing “America the Beautiful” and Agen will sing the national anthem.
Here’s an update on Hicks’ career plans. For a similar update on Agen, see the accompanying story.
CHASING HER MUSIC DREAM
Hicks has been busy since her season of “The Voice” ended in May.
She has been doing some performing and speaking at community and corporate events.
She performed with the Sweetwater All-Stars band during Sweetwater’s recent GearFest. She is scheduled to perform the national anthem at the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ Aug. 17 game at Parkview Field.
Hicks is excited about performing worship music at the Three Rivers Festival concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Headwaters Park.
She grew up singing in the church and hadn’t performed much outside of worship settings before auditioning for “The Voice.” She had hoped to perform some worship music on the show, but it didn’t work out to do so, she said.
Hicks has been working with some of her fellow members of Team Alicia from this past season of “The Voice” to set up some concert performances, she said. Team members were those selected and coached by music star Alicia Keys, who served as one of the four celebrity coaches on the show.
Hicks also hopes to make an announcement in August about a concert she is organizing, she said. For news about that event and her music career, check out her page on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter at @ChristianD or on Instagram at @christianaofficial.
Along with her work in front of a microphone, Hicks also has been writing songs and plans a few upcoming trips to do group songwriting with other “The Voice” participants, such as Wilkes.
“I feel I’ve got some good songs brewing,” she said.
She’s staying true to the music artist people saw on “The Voice.”
“I have my sound, and I think people don’t always know how to take my sound,” she said. “I’m in the soul range.”
Hicks plans to move to New Jersey in May 2019 to pursue her master’s degree in social work at Rutgers University. She thinks it will take her a year, and then she can pursue her doctorate via online classes, which will give her time to focus on her music career.
The 2017 Huntington University graduate had planned to take a year off before starting graduate school, so competing on “The Voice” and trying to launch her music career fits well with her plans.
Hicks hopes to be ready to start recording her first album in September. She wants to get all of the songs and music done before going into the recording studio.
She plans to ask her former “The Voice” coach for feedback on some of the songs before recording the album. Keys gave her all of her contact information, but, so far, Hicks said she has been hesitant to use it, she said.
A self-described introvert, Hicks said she “kind of came out of myself” on “The Voice.” She’s slipped back into being the introverted Christiana since being home, she said, but she won’t let that stop her from asking Keys’ opinion on her new songs.
There’s also been an unexpected benefit of wrestling with shyness.
“I’ve written two songs out of it,” she said.
Hicks appreciates the way the Fort Wayne community has backed her and looks forward to sharing the news in August about her show.
“Thank you for the support, and be patient,” she said.
• 5 p.m. Sunday at the Three Rivers Festival entertainment pavilion in Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets. The concert features Hicks and fall 2017 “The Voice” runner-up Addison Agen of Fort Wayne, along with Christian music artists Hawk Nelson, Jordan Feliz and Tauren Wells. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance for ages 13 and older and $15 at the door. People buying adult tickets in advance also are eligible for two free tickets for children ages 12 and younger; children are $10 for ages 2-12 if purchased at the gate. Tickets available in advance at www.Star883.com and Windows, Doors & More, 1121 W. Washington Center Road.