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(01 July 2004) Indie artist alt-rock/pop singer, Christia Mantzke, creates an electric performance on her debut album, The First (Immutable Records (USA) CM1481, 2004). She is a powerful vocalist in addition to her strengths on guitar, keyboards and piano. This LA born talent charted in Germany and France with her single hit, "I'm Not A Boy"under the auspices of EMI-Europe.

The music on The First is raw and appealing, filled with emotion and excitement. All the songs were written by Christia with the exception of "Chance to Live," co-written with Michael Turner. "Just Like You" is at the top of the bill and has an electric vibe that makes you want to move with the beat. "Conversion (Take Me Now)" changes pace with an irresistible rhythm and her vocals soar.

"Alone Forever" catches one's attention at the rock/pop progression along with strong vocal performance. Another top-notch track is "I Hate It" where Christia's tender side is emphasized with her beautiful lyrics and sensitive music interludes mixed in with her rock sound.

The First has a freshness and excitementto the riveting music and passionate lyrics. There seems to be something for everybody on this album, and this multi-talented artist seems to have hit on the right formula.

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