Michael Grimm wowed the judges and the audience with his soulful performance on the first night of the semi finalist round of America’s Got Talent. The young man formerly from Hancock, Mississippi, currently residing in Las Vegas, chose a Tom Jones classic hit,” You Can Leave Your Hat On”, for his third time at bat before the judges.
Grimm’s has recorded his version of the song which was released on July 20 and is on sale on his web site at www.michaelgrimmmusic.com.
Howie Mandel said of Grimm’s performance,” You’ve got what it takes to win this thing”. Sharon Osborn said, “You were lacking in performance last time we saw you, but you’ve stepped it up tonight”. Piers Morgan agreed Grimm’s was the best performance of the night.
Unlike some of the performers that changed their act the second or third time around, Grimm has stayed true to himself through the competition. He knows who he is, knows what to sing, and how to act.
Grimm, who titles his music Southern Soul, was right on the money with his choice of song and his performance. Grimm is a triple threat, writing, playing the guitar and singing is the odds on favorite for winning the AGT competition.
Grimm was raised by grandparents following his parents divorce and came up poor and hard and even more so after Hurricane Katrina. Part of his shtick or maybe his charm is he is a poor country boy that wants to do good and help out his grandparents.
If Grimm goes on to win the AGT Competition he will win $1,000,000, plus headline in Las Vegas and tour with the America’s Got Talent Tour which starts on October 1. To check out the tour dates and cities log on to www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent .
Grimm has been performing since he was twelve years old escorted to bars and clubs around Mississippi by his Grandmother. In 1998 Grimm won County Music’s, CCMA, and Star of Tomorrow Award for a song he had written and recorded called, “John Wayne and Jesus”.
Michael has been playing in and around Las Vegas for the past couple of years, hoping to be discovered and making the transition into the big time. AGT could be the big break needed to send him to the top.
Whether or not Michael Grimm wins this competition remains to be seen. One thing is for certain; when he releases his first CD I am going to second in line, right behind Howie Mandel to purchase it.