On August 6th emerging recording artist, Christina Grimmie, will showcase her astonishing vocals with the release of her debut album, With Love. This 19-year-old, often described as ‘the female Bruno Mars’, has developed a unique sound and her upcoming album, (on which she wrote/co-wrote half the songs,) features a throwback Motown vibe with a pop feel. Christina has already racked up a number of musical accomplishments, opening for Selena Gomez’s We Own the Night Tour (2011) and is now joining Gomez on her upcoming Stars Dance World tour, starting August 14th.
Christina was born in a small town in South Jersey with one older brother. On the fast track to musical stardom, she began singing at five years old and playing the piano at ten (she also plays guitar and flute.) Throughout schooling, she excelled in arts and humanities courses such as English, music, art, and band, and soon realized that she wanted to become a professional recording artist-no matter what it took. Grimmie began covering popular songs and adding her own twist to them, performing everything from David Guetta’s dance hit “Titanium” to Rihanna’s ballad “Stay” to classic Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin numbers. She posted her first video to YouTube when she was only 15 and has built a devout following ever since, with over 2 million YouTube subscribers and more than 350 million video views.
In June of 2011, Christina released an independent EP entitled Find Me, which successfully reached #2 on iTunes (behind Adele) and debuted at #11 on the Billboard charts. She then packed up and moved to Los Angeles, spending most of 2012 in the studio developing her unique sound with such notable producers as Toby Gad (Beyonce), Lindy Robbins (Demi Lovato), and Jacob Kasher (Lil Wayne.) Vocally, Christina is inspired by contemporary Christian artist Stacie Orrico, pop sensation Christina Aguilera, as well as Robert Plant—lead vocalist and lyricist for the rock band Led Zeppelin.
Even this early in her career, Christina is reaching musical heights. She was the 2011 American Music Award New Media Honoree for best female and performed with well-known pop artist Taio Cruz on the AMA Preshow that year. Her talents also extend beyond music as she hosted a behind the scenes segment of the 2012 American Idol tour for 19 Entertainment’s YouTube Channel as well as an eight-episode web series for Disney Games called Power Up: with Christina Grimmie. Her charity performances include the Concert of Hope (with Selena Gomez) along with the UNICEF charity concert. Although she sings daily, Christina does take time to enjoy hobbies outside of the musical world, including playing soccer and video games.
Christina currently resides in Los Angeles.