Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He’s a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he’s interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. For the past three years, he’s penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he’s produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe’s Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC.
Sunday, March 1 2015
PopMatters' exclusive interview with Johnny Mathis and Thom Bell celebrates the legacy of a pop music masterpiece, I'm Coming Home (1973).
Tuesday, February 17 2015
How does Mino Cinélu tell stories with percussion? Just ask Sting, Kate Bush, or Herbie Hancock.
Thursday, May 29 2014
From Broadway to Casablanca, David Hodo reflects on 40 years in show business.
Tuesday, April 29 2014
Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Mathis all share one voice in common. Her name is Paulette McWilliams.
Thursday, January 16 2014
On her latest album, Martha Redbone harvests soul food from the poems of William Blake, and tells PopMatters all about the emotional, powerful journey she went on to get there.
Thursday, February 5 2015
Diana Ross inaugurated the historic reopening of Kings Theatre in Brooklyn with a dazzling lesson in longevity.
Tuesday, January 27 2015
Headlining the first of six sold-out shows at New York's Jazz Standard, Lisa Fischer stirred the soul in a spellbinding 60-minute set.
Friday, November 14 2014
On a rainy New York night, Obie Award winner Eisa Davis transformed Joe's Pub into the garden of Eisa.
Monday, October 27 2014
For one historic night, a dream cast of legendary disco divas proved why they still got the beat.
Wednesday, September 24 2014
At the New York premiere of "The Brighter Side of Day", Kathy Sledge captured the spirit and soul of Billie Holiday.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
What is the meaning of life? David Bronson's collaboration with photographer Ben Goldstein on "Song of Life" just might have the answer.
Tuesday, February 10 2015
Reaching an exciting juncture in her career, Angela Johnson triumphs with new single “To Love Again”.
Friday, December 13 2013
The celebrated singer-songwriter will appear at Joe's Pub following new single and London debut of The Color Purple.
Tuesday, October 22 2013
New York City-based Russell Taylor previews new album with "War of Hearts" single and video.
Monday, September 16 2013
Recently, Ebony published a feature that celebrated pioneering black women in rock. In the article's accompanying gallery, Sandra St. Victor held court with icons like Tina Turner, Nona Hendryx, Joan Armatrading, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.