She’s already appeared on the stages of Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet. Now, NYC born and based dynamo, Athena Ripka is making her move to the dance floor with “Lithium”, her high-energy track produced by Manny Mijares (Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg) and Damon Sharpe (Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Anastacia) with remixes by Razor & Guido, Dan De Leon and Liam Keegan. Written by Athena, along with Mijares and Sharpe, the song fuses elements of pop and dance into a unique club groove. “I want listeners to feel that, no matter how challenging the day has been, they can look forward to a killer night of letting their inner lithium out and living in the moment.” Athena’s “Lithium” and its remixes are available on iTunes now.
“Lithium is a pump-up song,” explains Athena. “It’s about picking up and getting that second wind”.
“It’s not like the drug Lithium,” she continues. “It’s like Lithium in a battery. The song is meant to keep the night’s momentum going and to inspire people to have a wicked night”.
“I want to empower fans to find their inner Lithium. To find their drive and power source. When your slumped or down you need to channel your personal Lithium and let it rock,”
By the time Athena Ripka was ten-years-old, she had sung at the Met, danced with the NYC ballet and had two principle roles on Broadway. She went on and appeared in film (Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd) and on TV (NBC’s Law and Order, 30 Rock, Royal Pains). Now, with the release of “Lithium,” the triple threat is ready to fulfill her ambition of being a pop/dance recording artist.
Although only 18, she is not new to the club scene. “This song is a glimpse of my wild side,” says Athena. “I am definitely a work hard, play hard type of girl. I’m multi-layered! I also love playing my guitar, seeing friends, and I am a Law & Order, SVU addict.”
Athena has performed her music at prominent NYC clubs including Greenhouse, The Bitter End and the Yotel Hotel. She has also performed halftime shows at Barclays Center and Prudential Center.
“With every song, recording, and show, I keep striving for the best version of myself,” she reflects. “I am dedicated to the hard work it takes to achieve success. I definitely got my lithium.”