Usually when you’re walking around a store there is some kind of music playing in the background. Sometimes it’s “elevator” music that you mostly tune out; other times the store is playing familiar pop songs or maybe even holiday music.
I’d guess most people don’t pay that much attention to the music that is being played over the speakers, but some shoppers who ventured out to Sam’s Club in New York recently were treated to a special musical performance that they couldn’t ignore!
Christina Kokonis-Viggers is a singer from Staten Island who has gained internet fame recently after a video of her singing at Sam’s Club went viral.
Kokonis-Viggers, who is known by friends as Stina Marie, was shopping with her best friend Amanda Lasher when they saw a karaoke machine on display and decided to have some fun.
The singer picked up the microphone, turned up the volume, and began to belt out “Maybe This Time” from the 1972 musical Cabaret.
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Posted by Amanda Lasher on Friday, October 20, 2017
Kokonis-Viggers says this moment was very out of character for her – she usually saves her singing for the stage – but it seems to have paid off. In just a few days, Amanda’s video of the spontaneous performance had millions of views and Kokonis-Viggers was getting calls from news sites and radio stations.
“My friend posted it that night when we were leaving the store, and she said, ‘Christina, you know this is going to go somewhere,’” Kokonis-Viggers recalled. “I said, ‘No, it’s really not.’
“So after I shared it on my Facebook, we were just sitting there, watching TV. We both looked at our phones and went, ‘Oh, my God. It’s already at 2,000 tonight!’”
The 32-year-old singer says she has been overwhelmed by the response her video has received.