America’s Got Talent Season 5 has come down to the wire with four remaining contestants vying for the $1,000,000 and a headline gig on the stage at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In the running is Michael Grimm, 30, hailing from Mississippi. Growing up poor and saved from being placed in the state foster care system by his grandparents, Grimm has been paying his dues (musically) since the age of twelve.
In 1997 at the age of 16 Grimm received the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) “Star of Tomorrow Award” for his recording of John Wayne and Jesus. Grimm made the rounds of the honky tonks and bars in Southern Mississippi covering Country Music Legends of George Jones and Travis Tritt honing his style as a performer until as an adult moved to Las Vegas. It was in Las Vegas that Grimm found his Southern Soul.
Michael Grimm currently has four albums available on CD or downloads at:
Grimm’s first release titled “MichaelGrimm”, in 2006 is a mix of Southern, Soul, Rock and Blues.Next came, “Michael Grimm Live”, recorded live at a Las Vegas Music Festival featuring both covers and Grimm’s original songs. In 2009, the singer/ musician/ songwriter released “I Am Michael Grimm”.” Leave Your Hat On”, was release on July 20, 2010, while a contestant on America’s Got Talent. The album features the songs he preformed throughout the competition.
Grimm’s odyssey on America’s Got Talent began with his audition in Los Angeles in June, as he wowed the Judges singing an old Eddy Arnold hit, “You don’t Know Me’. Show host Nick Cannon said to the home audience, “Now that’s a superstar voice, right there.” Cannon should know as he is husband to superstar Mariah Carey.
Grimm next quest was to make it through the Las Vegas round where he stumbled, not in his singing, but by going over his time. Grimm was reprimanded by Piers Morgan, and told the mistake could have gotten him disqualified from the competition. www.youtube.com/watch?v+wx404zK71HY&feature=related
The quarterfinals brought out the Al Green song, “Tired of Being Alone”, and saw Grimm hatless for the first time. The semi finals Grimm pulled out all the stops, with dancers on stage and a Joe Cocker/ Tom Jones hit “You Can Leave Your Hat On”.
As America’s Got Talent came down to the wire with the ten finalist competing for the top four spots, Grimm chose another Al Green classic with, ” Let’s Stay Together”. The young seasoned performer from rural Mississippi received a standing ovation from the studio audience and was told by Howie Mandel, “You are my favorite singer in the competition. You could win this thing”.
What more could a poor Southern boy ask for?