|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Pop, Modern rock|
|Labels||Little Jig Records, Vissen Records|
Christina Maria Rieder, better known by her stage name Rykka is a Swiss-Canadian singer and songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her songs have been featured on TV, and she been nominated for several music awards both in BC, and across Canada.
Life and career
Rykka was born Christina Maria Rieder in Vancouver, BC. She began guitar lessons at age 15, then performed at local community festivals. During her two-year program at Vancouver Community College, Christina studied voice with Paula Kremer, while also busking around Vancouver’s Granville Island.
In 2009, she moved to Toronto to record her third independent album Straight Line under the performing name “Christina Maria”. The album was produced with the help of several Canadian producers such as David Baxter, Russel Broom, and Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother.
In 2010, her album Straight Line was released in Switzerland under Little Jig Records. Rykka stayed and performed both in Switzerland and in Germany, highlighted by a performance on "Sat.1 Frühstücksfernsehen"; a German television channel boasting an average audience of 1 million viewers. She later received a nomination for Demotape Clinic at M4Music in Switzerland.
Kodiak was Rykka's 2012 album. It marked a significant change in her musical career since she formally changed her stage name from Christina Maria. She recorded “Kodiak” under the new name Rykka. The record was produced by Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother, engineered by Shawn Penner, mixed by Warne Livesey and mastered by Andy VanDette. It was released that year in Switzerland by Little Jig Records.
2013–present: Other work
In 2013, Rykka released her fourth studio album Kodiak under Vissen Record in Canada, following a release of the same album in Switzerland the year before. Later in 2013, she won The Peak Performance Project.
Rykka played a slot in BC's well-known Squamish Valley Music Festival (2014), opening for another Peak Performance Project winner, We Are the City. In 2015, she submitted a song called "The Last of Our Kind" and will perform it in ESC 2016 – Die Entscheidungsshow in an attempt to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
- Blackie was featured on TV series “Rookie Blue” (S04E07)
- The Brink was featured on TV series “Tessa & Scott” (S01E03)
- Kodiak (2012)
- Blackie Remixes (2013)
- Rykka Electric Remixes (2014)
- "Blackie" (2013)
- "Movies" (2015)
- "The Last of Our Kind" (2015)