|Birth name||Christina Victoria Grimmie|
|Also known as||zeldaxlove64|
|Born||March 12, 1994|
|Origin||Marlton, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, pop rock, dance-pop, hip-hop, soul|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, pianist|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Drums|
|Labels||Creative Artists Agency|
|Associated acts||Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Allstar Weekend, Demi Lovato|
Christina Victoria Grimmie, (born March 12, 1994), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, is an American pianist and singer/songwriter known for her covers of hit songs by artists such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many more. In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. In June 2012, she told a reporter that she wanted to stop doing covers and start writing only original music. The same month, Grimmie also revealed that she would be working with a new feature band, to be named Rising Tide, which is a teen group originally from her hometown area in New Jersey.
Grimmie grew up in Marlton, New Jersey. She is of Italian and Romanian descent. She started singing at age four and playing the piano when she was ten; her father noticed her talent when she was six years old. Despite having received piano lessons, she says she plays by ear. Grimmie is a Christian. Starting September 2010, Grimmie was homeschooled as she entered junior year.
Christina Grimmie is best known for her cover with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui of Nelly's "Just a Dream", which has had about 76 million views between the three official versions of the video as of April 3, 2013. Her first video was "Don't Wanna Be Torn", originally by Hannah Montana, which she uploaded in 2009. She first reached YouTube stardom early on with her cover of Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." in August 2009. Since, she's had over 375 million views and over 2 million subscribers on her channel as of April 28, 2013, which has made her the 4th most subscribed musician on YouTube. She also placed at number 2 at the top 5 of the MyYouTube competition, behind Selena Gomez, and in front of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber. With her popularity growing on YouTube, Grimmie was discovered by Gomez's stepfather, Brian Teefey, who met with her in May 2010 and became her manager.
Grimmie has performed in the UNICEF charity concert, and has also performed backup vocals for Selena Gomez & the Scene, and was on the 2011 first ever Digitour, specially designed for YouTube artists. Gomez became her mentor. She has appeared on the Billboard Social 50. She also opened for Selena Gomez & the Scene, Allstar Weekend and the Jonas Brothers during the Concert of Hope. She toured for six weeks with Selena Gomez & the Scene opening for them in the We Own the Night Tour. She released an EP, entitled Find Me, on June 14, 2011. Her debut single 'Advice' was released to Radio Disney on June 11, with the music video, directed by Sean Babas, being released on July 19 on her YouTube channel. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show performing with fellow YouTuber, Tyler Ward, a cover to Lil Wayne's "How to Love" that aired on October 10, 2011. On November 20, 2011, Grimmie performed at the 39th American Music Awards of 2011 Pre-show alongside with Taio Cruz to a special rendition of "Higher". She also performed her song 'Not Fragile' at the American Music Awards of 2011 Coca-Cola Red Carpet Show along with Selena Gomez's band the Scene. Christina Grimmie was the special musical guest performing her hit song 'Advice' on Disney Channel's So Random! which premiered on December 11, 2011. In January 2012 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her singing career, as she told fans on Facebook and Twitter. Grimmie was signed to Creative Artists Agency who have signed the likes of Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera in early April 2012 after moving to LA; she is currently working on a new album, as she told fans on Facebook and Twitter. On Disney.com, she stars in the new web show 'Power Up: with Christina Grimmie. It shows every Friday started from March 29, 2012 until June 5, 2012. She will open for Gomez on her North American dates of her Stars Dance Tour, performing songs from her second album With Love, which was released on August 6, 2013. On October 3, 2013, her Music Video for "Tell My Mama" had it's Exclusive Video Premiere on Billboard.com. The video is "about a guy that I start liking in school, and he's sort of a dangerous kid, and I am the type of girl that tells my mom about everything," says Grimmie.
She grew up listening to contemporary Christian artist Stacie Orrico, "She has a really awesome voice and I was so drawn to it. I think the reason I do have a soul voice is because I grew up listening to her and she was my huge, huge influence. I wanted to sound just like her, I wrote songs that kinda sounded like something she would do." Grimmie cited Christina Aguilera as her main influence vocally. She also said she admires Beyoncé Knowles for her vocals. She said she likes dub step and DJ music as well as rock 'n roll, listening to Pantera, Iron Maiden and Tool (band).
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2012||"Find Me (Stripped)"|
|2013||"Tell My Mama"||With Love|
|"Think of You"|
|2011||The Click Clique||Herself|
|2012||Power Up with Christina Grimmie||Host|
|2012||Dancing With the Stars||Performer|
|2013||Dancing With the Stars||Performer|
Awards and nominations
|2011||American Music Awards||New Media Honoree (Female)||Herself||Won|
|2011||Youth Rock Awards 2011||Rockin’ Indie Artist of the Year||Herself||Won|
|2012||Intense Radio's Music Awards||Best Female Cover Artist||Herself||Won|
|2012||Intense Radio's Talent Awards||Best Female Cover Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2012||Intense Radio's Talent Awards||Overall Best Cover Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2013||Radio Disney Music Awards||Biggest Viral Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2013||Grimmex Radio's Talent Awards||Best Female Cover Artist||Herself||Nominated|
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- "And the winners are…". Youth Rocks Awards. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Grimmex Radio". Retrieved February 1, 2013.