Christina Parie

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Christina Parie
Christina Parie, 2012.jpg
Parie at the Katy Perry: Part of Me Australian premiere in June 2012
Background information
Birth nameChristina Parie Papoulias
Also known asKYA, Christina Castle
Born (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 23)
OriginCastle Hill, New South Wales, Australia
GenresPop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, vocals
Years active2011–present

Christina Parie (born 10 February 1996), also known by her stage names KYA and Christina Castle,[1][2] is an Australian singer and songwriter, best known as a finalist on the third season of The X Factor Australia in 2011. She subsequently signed with Warner Music Australia and released her debut single "16 & Unstoppable" in July 2012. Parie than changed her stage name to KYA, releasing a single titled "What I Live For" with LDN Noise in May 2014. The young songstress was then dropped from Warner music but continued singing and working whenever she could under the name Penny Lane to save enough money to then move to America. Christina continued working in America where she made a comeback in 2019 under the name Christina Castle releasing a 3-track EP titled Chapter 1. This EP included an raw and open Penny Lane of her past struggles, learning to cope with everything that was happening after X-Factor and losing her label as the leading single followed by a sexy "American Hustle" and an emotional "Hey Dad". Shortly after the release of this Christina came out with "Crazy Lover" ft Gangsta Boo, an anthem for all women who have been mistreated and believe in revenge.


Early life[edit]

Christina Parie was born on 10 February 1996 to Jim and Mary Papoulias, and came from Castle Hill, New South Wales.[3][4] Born as the middle child, Parie has an older sister, Alexa, and a younger brother, Jordan. She is the only member of her family that sings and has cited Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and The Cranberries as her musical influences. Parie originally started her music career as the lead singer of the five-piece band Losing Sight, who performed regularly at cafes, festivals and venues across Sydney.[3] From grade eight to ten, she attended Mount St Benedict College in Pennant Hills, New South Wales.[4] After finding it difficult to continue school in grade eleven due her time on The X Factor, Parie quit school to pursue her music career.[5]

2011: The X Factor Australia[edit]

Parie auditioned for the third season of The X Factor in 2011, singing Kelly Clarkson's "I Do Not Hook Up" in front of judges Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Mel B. Keating described Parie's stage presence as "incredible" while Mel B said, "I'm surprised a record company hasn't tried to snap you up already."[4] Sebastian commented, "you are complete, people in the record industry look for people like you."[4] Parie progressed through to the bootcamp stage where she was placed into the Girls category, which was mentored by Mel B.[4] After bootcamp, she progressed through to the home visits stage where the Girls travelled to Hollywood, California to perform in front of Mel B and guest judge Melanie Chisholm.[6] During the last day of home visits, Mel B selected Parie, along with Tyla Bertolli and Jacqui Newland, for the live finals—a series of ten weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote.[7]

In week seven of the live shows, she landed in the bottom two for the first time with Reece Mastin, following her rendition of David Guetta's "When Love Takes Over". Parie was eliminated after Keating, Sebastian and Bassingthwaighte chose to save Mastin. She was the last contestant from the Girls category to be eliminated. Coling Vickery of the Herald Sun called her elimination "one of the biggest shocks" of the season.[8]

2012–present: 16 & Unstoppable and KYA[edit]

In January 2012, Parie and fellow X-Factor contestant Johnny Ruffo were supporting acts for Reece Mastin's first headlining Australian tour.[10] In March 2012, she posted a cover of Simple Plan's "Jet Lag" on her YouTube page.[citation needed] The cover's success prompted the band to invite her to tour with them for a few shows in Australia alongside We the Kings.[citation needed]

While on tour, Parie contributed featured vocals to "Jet Lag". Shortly after, in June 2012, it was announced that Parie had signed a record deal with Warner Music Australia.[11] Her debut single "16 & Unstoppable" was released digitally on 13 July 2012, which debuted and peaked at number 69 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[12][13] A five-track extended play also titled 16 & Unstoppable was released on 27 July 2012.[14] The EP's third track "Back to Life" was written by The Veronicas.[5] Parie performed "16 & Unstoppable" at Nickelodeon Australia's first Slimefest concert on 15 September 2012.[15]

In May 2014, Parie announced that she changed her artist name to KYA (pronounced Khai-a) in honour of her grandmother.[16] Her first single as KYA, "What I Live For", was released digitally on 2 May 2014, and peaked at number 65 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[17][18] On 13 May 2015, it was announced that Parie was voted the singer of the national anthem at the 2015 A-League Grand Final. Parie, who received 54 percent of the vote, was one of three singers the public could vote for.[19]

In 2016, Parie changed her artist name to Christina Castle. Parie was reportedly working on a new album with Linda Perry.[1][2]

In 2017, Christina went on a US tour playing with Mikey Mike for Yelawolf's 47 date US/Canada tour.

In 2018, Parie released her song Little Bit Scared, later on in the year she let her fans know on twitter that she is recording a new song titled Crazy Lover with Lido.

June 2018- The Four, battle for stardom[edit]

In June 2018 Castle appeared on season two of the Fox show, The Four. She auditioned with her own rendition of Ariana Grande's Side to Side, Parie did not get through with all the judges giving her a no.[20]

Jan 2019 - EP Chapter 1 Parie releases first EP under new name Christina Castle. Song featured: Penny Lane, American Hustle, Hey Dad.

April 2019 - Crazy Lover: Second single under her new name Christina Castle featuring Gangsta Boo.


Christina Parie[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
16 & Unstoppable


Title Year Peak
chart position
"16 & Unstoppable"[12] 2012 69 16 & Unstoppable

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"16 & Unstoppable" 2012 Sequoia[21]



Title Year Peak
chart position
"What I Live For"[17]
(with LDN Noise)
2014 65 N/A

Christina Castle[edit]


Penny Lane Crazy Lover ft Gangsta Boo


  1. ^ a b The B-Side (27 February 2017). "Is Castle in Your Calendar?". Hits Daily Double. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Lee, Aimee. "Christina Castle". Aimee Lee Lifestyle. Weebly. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Christina Parie". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Moran, Jonathan (4 September 2011). "Sydney rock child has X Factor edge". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b McCabe, Kathy (13 July 2012). "The X Factor contestant Singer Christina Parie launches her debut EP with Warner Bros". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  6. ^ Fritsky, Lauren (15 September 2011). "More guest judges appear on The X Factor Australia". She Knows Australia. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011.
  7. ^ Byrnes, Holly (15 September 2011). "Christina Parie and Andrew Wishart in Top 12 on Channel Seven's The X-Factor". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  8. ^ Coling, Vickery (2 November 2011). "Christina Parie eliminated from The X Factor". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  9. ^ Songs performed by Christina Parie on The X Factor:
  10. ^ "Review: Reece Mastin Live In Melbourne". The Hot Hits. MCM Entertainment. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  11. ^ "A New Dawn For Christina Parie". Auspop. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – 16 & Unstoppable – Single by Christina Parie". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  13. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (22 July 2012). "fun. Bumps Pink from Number One on ARIA Chart". Noise11. Noise Network. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012.
  14. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – 16 & Unstoppable – EP by Christina Parie". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  15. ^ Vout, Elise (17 September 2012). "Slimefest Music Concert Breaks Guinness World Record". MTV Australia. Viacom. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  16. ^ Kelly, Nic. "Christina Parie is now KYA and has a single which is all drum and bass". Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  17. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – What I Live For (Christina Parie vs LDN Noise". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  18. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (21 June 2014). "Justice Crew Top ARIA Singles For 7th Week". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Fans shape Hyundai A-League Grand Final". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Christina Parie: 16 & Unstoppable". David Schenk Official Website. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012.

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