Christina Grimmie

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Christina Grimmie
Birth name Christina Victoria Grimmie
Also known as zeldaxlove64
Born (1994-03-12) March 12, 1994 (age 20)
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
Years active 2009–present
Labels Creative Artists Agency
Associated acts Selena Gomez, Adam Levine, Allstar Weekend, Demi Lovato, Sam Tsui
Website www.christinagrimmieofficial.com

Christina Victoria Grimmie, (born March 12, 1994), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64,[1] 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.[2] 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.[1] In 2014, Grimmie participated in Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice.

Early life[edit]

Grimmie grew up in Marlton, New Jersey.[3] She is of Italian and Romanian descent.[4] She started playing the piano at age ten[5] and singing since she was five; her father noticed her talent when she was six years old.[6] Despite having received piano lessons, she says she plays by ear.[6] Grimmie is a Christian.[7] Starting September 2010, Grimmie was homeschooled as she entered junior year.[8]

YouTube recognition[edit]

Christina Grimmie is best known for her cover with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui of Nelly's "Just a Dream", which has had about 92 million views between the three official versions of the video as of March 28, 2014.[9][10] Her first video was "Don't Wanna Be Torn", originally by Hannah Montana, which she uploaded in 2009.[3] She first reached YouTube stardom early on with her cover of Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." in August 2009.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Grimmie has performed in the UNICEF charity concert,[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[15] She released an EP, entitled Find Me, on June 14, 2011.[15] Her debut single 'Advice' was released to Radio Disney on June 11,[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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,[22] 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 its 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.

2014–present: The Voice[edit]

Grimmie auditioned for Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Facebook page.[23] During the Blind Auditions, she performed Miley Cyrus' hit song "Wrecking Ball". All four coaches, namely Adam Levine, Usher, Shakira, and Blake Shelton turned their chairs for her, but she opted for Adam Levine.[24]

     – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus February 24, 2014 1.1 All four chairs turned
Joined Team Adam
Battles, Round 1 "I Knew You Were Trouble" (vs. Joshua Howard) Taylor Swift March 25, 2014 11.4 Saved by coach
Battles, Round 2 "Counting Stars" (vs. Sam Behymer) OneRepublic March 31, 2014 12.4 Saved by coach
The Playoffs "I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz April 14, 2014 18.10 Saved by coach

Influences[edit]

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."[25] Grimmie cited Christina Aguilera as her main influence vocally.[25] She also said she admires Beyoncé Knowles for her vocals.[25] She said she likes dubstep and DJ music as well as rock 'n roll and heavy metal, listening to Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden and Tool (band).[26]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Indie
CAN
With Love 101 20

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Indie
CAN
Find Me 35 6 44

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2011 "Advice" Find Me
"Liar Liar"
2012 "Find Me (Stripped)"
2013 "Tell My Mama" With Love
"Feelin' Good"

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 So Random! Herself-Performer
2011 The Click Clique Herself
2012 Power Up with Christina Grimmie Host
2012 Remixed[27] Herself-Performer
2012 Dancing With the Stars[28] Performer
2013 Dancing With the Stars[29] Performer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Outcome
2011 American Music Awards New Media Honoree (Female) Herself Won[30]
2011 Youth Rock Awards 2011 Rockin’ Indie Artist of the Year Herself Won[31]
2012 Intense Radio's Music Awards Best Female Cover Artist Herself Won[32]
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

Concert tours[edit]

Opening act

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fanlala. "Christina Grimmie Is the Next YouTube Sensation." Fanlala.com. February 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Chen, Christine (6 June 2012). "YouTube Stars Do New York". Betabeat. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Linnehan, Robert (January 26, 2011). "Marlton singer taking her talents to L.A.". The Marlton Sun. p. 2. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ zeldaxlove64 (July 31, 2013). "LIVE Q&A Listening Party w/Surprise! 4PM PST". Youtube. Retrieved August 7, 2013.  Listen at 27:27
  5. ^ "Christina Grimmie - About". Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Levy, Mallory (June 10, 2011). "Exclusive Interview with Christina Grimmie". Joonbug.com. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ jgardiner (May 24, 2011). "Christina Grimmie: A Real Depiction Of A Jersey Shore Native (EXCLUSIVE)". GlobalGrind. p. 2. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ goomradio (August 19, 2010). "Christina Grimmie Interview on Goom Radio". YouTube. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Just A Dream" by Nelly – Sam Tsui & Christina Grimmie (Kurt's/Sam's upload), Retrieved May 15, 2012
  10. ^ "Just A Dream" by Nelly – Sam Tsui & Christina Grimmie (Christina's upload), Retrieved May 15, 2012
  11. ^ "Christina Grimmie Talks YouTube Stardom". YouTube. July 8, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ Christina Grimmie's Youtube Channel, Retrieved May 15, 2011
  13. ^ "MyYouTube". Youtube.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ Smith, Grady (July 8, 2011). "YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie: The 17 year-old singer talks about her new album and opening for Selena Gomez on tour". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "exclusive interview: christina grimmie". Seventeen.com. 
  16. ^ Peel, Sarah (October 30, 2010). "Christina Grimmie UNICEF Performance – Selena Gomez Introduction". BSCkids.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Christina Grimmie Opens for Selena Gomez Tonight!". Fanlala.com. October 26, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ Caulfield, Keith (January 13, 2011). "A Canoodling Justin Bieber Bullets to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart; Snoop's 'Wet' Rise; Christina Grimmie YouTube Phenom". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  19. ^ "MAJOR UPDATE! Album on June 13th Dudes!!". YouTube. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Christina Grimmie Performs 'How to Love' - The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Ellen.warnerbros.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Christina Grimmie Performs On ‘So Random!’". ClevverTV. December 7, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.selenagomezzone.com/2013/05/christina-grimmie-will-join-selena-on-her-stars-dance-tour/
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/christinagrimmie/photos/a.166243176751618.31183.113888165320453/668141256561805/?type=1&stream_ref=10
  24. ^ Christina Grimmie Audition: "Wrecking Ball" (The Voice Highlight) on YouTube
  25. ^ a b c jgardiner (May 24, 2011). "Christina Grimmie: A Real Depiction Of A Jersey Shore Native (EXCLUSIVE)". GlobalGrind. p. 5. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  26. ^ jgardiner (May 24, 2011). "Christina Grimmie: A Real Depiction Of A Jersey Shore Native (EXCLUSIVE)". GlobalGrind. p. 4. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 
  27. ^ "REMIXED: KEONE MADRID & MARI MARTIN & CHRISTINA GRIMMIE [DS2DIO". YouTube. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  28. ^ "Season 15 - Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, Episode 8". Dancing with the Stars Episode Guide 2012. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "Season 16 - Dancing With the Stars, Episode 18". Dancing with the Stars Episode Guide 2013. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  30. ^ Cohen, Joshua (November 14, 2011). "Exclusive: DeStorm, Christina Grimmie, Karmin Get AMA Honors". News.tubefilter.tv. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  31. ^ "And the winners are…". Youth Rocks Awards. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Grimmex Radio". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 

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