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Come Out and Play with Mika Newton!

by JC Alvarez
Monday Oct 15, 2012
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It’s becoming more and more obvious that the former Soviet Union’s greatest exports are female pop artists. The USSR’s Cold War thaw has produced in the last year (at least) three blond bombshells worthy of even 007’s attention, and a post-communist feminist girl-punk group (aka Pussy Riot) that Madonna gave a resounding endorsement to on her recent world tour. While that band Pussy Riot paid their due serving some prison time for "disorderly behavior," their pop idol counterparts have taken their show on the road.

The Ukraine’s Kristina Korban made her mark taking on a remake of Amber’s 90’s club/dance hit "This Is Your Night," and it would seem that the biggest fan of trafficking talent from our Russian neighbors is "American Idol" judge and industry hit-maker Randy Jackson who first introduced us to Grace Valerie and her hit single "When the Lights Go Down." And now Jackson, who has made magic happen for the likes of Mariah Carey, Carlos Santana, Madonna and a slew of "Idol" alumni, is unveiling his latest ingenue, aspiring pop-songstress Mika Newton.

The coquettish little lady landed herself in Randy Jackson’s crosshairs when she unleashed her formidable vocal prowess on the "Idol" judge. "He couldn’t believe that a voice as big as mine was coming out of a body as tiny as I am," she jovially admitted. "Randy’s such a brilliant musician...that’s the first thing I have to say," Newton gushed about her mentor. "He’s got the ability to feel exactly what you need, and open you up as a singer." The Ukrainian beauty has relied on Jackson to temper her Slavic soul and help her transition into the more international pop market.


Keeping The Beat...

Relentlessly set on promoting her new debut singles "Don’t Dumb Me Down" and the fittingly fun "Come Out and Play," Mika was hardly able to contain her enthusiasm embracing her rising celebrity status and eager to share some of her music with new fans. "I’m so glad that I’ve got two uptempo pop songs out right now," she says of her current hits, though the tracks do little to hide her brassy rock-tinged tenor. "I’ve always listened to rock music as a kid - I love Bon Jovi and Aerosmith." Mika recently had an opportunity to meet the band’s front man Steven Tyler. The two share the same vocal coach. "He’s influenced me a lot."

She embraced her musical acumen, an ability she’s had since she was five, very early on...though her family didn’t really get her talent. "I know my mother must have thought I was strange," Newton revealed, "but she told my father that she thought I could sing." Her parents quickly encouraged Mika’s talent, and it would land Mika her first music contract at the age of sixteen. "I’m a happy girl...and I want to sing and open people’s souls."


Come Out and Play

Mika is very much looking forward to making a sizable impression on her gay fan base, and is inspired by the community’s warm reception of her. "I’m so excited to share my energy through my performance," she says. "The audience will always accept you, if you’re honest with them."

Setting her sights on global domination, Mika Newton’s kicking things off with an exclusive appearance on the New York City club scene with a performance just for the boys at Chelsea hotspot Splash. "I’m so excited! It’s my first performance in New York!" Is she at all intimidated by the fact that Splash has been the destination for superstars Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry all of who launched new projects at Splash for their most loyal gay fans? "I’m very excited to share who I am - for my audience - and I’m looking forward to this performance!"

Come out and play with Mika Newton when she holds court over the hottest night in clubland with a special debut-engagement in NYC at Splash, on Thursday, Oct. 18 for Chris Ryan & Nathan Kelly’s "Fusion Thursday." Splash is centrally located in the heart of Chelsea at 50 West 17 Street. For more info go to www.splashbar.com and get ready to get wet in the newly renovated space.


Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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