It wasn’t something she ever expected to do. But there was Christiana Ball, standing on the White House lawn, performing for the President during a Veterans Day ceremony in 2014.

It wasn’t something she ever expected to do. But there was Christiana Ball, standing on the White House lawn, performing for the President during a Veterans Day ceremony in 2014. It’s one of many highlights in her singing career.

“Music has been an integral part of my life — since I was born — and I can't imagine living without it,” Ball says.

Growing up, Ball performed in churches and in nursing homes in her hometown. She’d go anywhere to sing. In 2007, she entered the U.S. Army as a Military Police Soldier. She left active duty in May 2015. She is currently in the Army National Guard and works part-time as a bailiff for Pulaski County. With the support of her husband, Stacy, Ball continues to pursue a career in music.

In 2013, while still on active duty as a Military Police Drill Sergeant at Ft. Leonard Wood training soldiers, Ball won Operation Rising Star (the military’s version of American Idol). In 2014, she performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards “Salute to the Troops” with Lee Brice. In 2015, she entered the Missouri Army National Guard Band as a vocalist.

Ball also formed her own band, “ChristiAna,” and started performing around the area, including a number of venues at the Lake, developing a fan base. She plans to perform as much as possible at Lake venues this coming summer, along with her drummer, Marc Lyle, and bass player Eric Myers.

“I like to write country and southern rock but when we play shows you’ll hear a little bit of everything,” Ball says. “I love singing and songwriting but I also love entertaining so I like to play many different genres of music.”

Ball hopes to record an album one day, and competes for air time on satellite radio stations that cater to small time and indie artists.

“There's just an intangible thing about music that moves people like nothing else really can, and I love being able to use my own passion for music to move people.”

Charis Patires is the editor of Lake Lifestyles magazine. Keep up with the area arts and music scene as well as other Lake life trends through Lake Lifestyles magazine.