By Amber Ritchie
Christa sings for Birmingham-based band named Koralyst, and it's in many a family affair. Her brother Marcus plays guitar, and her fiancé Michael plays drums. The bassist, Ben, is also a longtime friend of the family. Surrounded by support, Christa’s dreams have become a reality. “My mother always watches my son whether I'm working or playing a show. . . I have so many great people in my life that help me with anything I need. If it wasn't for my mom, husband, and our family, I could never do any of the band stuff.”
The members of Koralyst have been together for three years and show no signs of stopping any time soon. Christa’s passion can be heard in her commanding voice; you can’t stop watching her on stage. In songs like "Acceptance," the band exhibits a mixture of hard-rock and alternative. In other songs, such as "Falling," you can hear hints of Evanescence coming from their hard sound and Christa’s enchanting vocals. Michael describes the band as being for all listeners, being influenced by “pretty much just any music. We are music lovers; anything from some Lady Gaga to Pantera, new and old, hard and alternative.”
Koralyst’s talent and unity cannot be denied in their live performances. This Birmingham band shows a lot of promise in the alternative scene. It is truly refreshing to see a band that has a familial bond. Birmingham rarely sees bands that take their music and passion as seriously as Koralyst. Christa Marcus knows what her dreams are and how hard she has to work to achieve them, while never failing to take care of her beautiful son.
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