Christina Grimmie

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Christina Grimmie
Christina Grimmie 2014.jpg
Grimmie performing in 2014
Background information
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
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, pianist
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar, Drums
Years active 2009–present
Labels Creative Artists Agency, Island Records
Associated acts Adam Levine, Before You Exit, Selena Gomez
Website www.christinagrimmieofficial.com

Christina Victoria Grimmie, (born March 12, 1994), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64,[1] is an American singer-songwriter Known for participating in in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. 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]

In 2014, Grimmie participated in Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice and finished in third place. Adam Levine, her coach on the show, announced in the finale that regardless of the results, he was signing Grimmie to his label, 222 Records. Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne also supported Grimmie on the show and Lil Wayne offered to sign Grimmie on his label, Young Money Entertainment.[3] She ultimately signed to Island Records.[4]

Early life[edit]

Grimmie grew up in Marlton, New Jersey.[5] She is of Italian and Romanian descent.[6] Her father noticed her talent for singing when she was six years old [7] and she started playing the piano at age ten [8] Despite having received piano lessons, she says she plays by ear.[7] In a number of her videos and interviews, Grimmie identifies herself as a Christian.[9] Grimmie was homeschooled for her junior year in 2010.[10]

Career[edit]

2009-10: YouTube recognition and discovery[edit]

Grimmie began posting videos to YouTube in 2009, at age 15. The first video she uploaded was a cover of Hannah Montana's, "Don't Wanna Be Torn."[5] She first reached YouTube stardom early on with her cover of Miley Cyrus's "Party in the U.S.A." in August 2009.[11] She is best known for her cover with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui of Nelly's "Just a Dream", which has had more than 115 million views between the three official versions of the video as of May 23, 2014.[12][13] Since uploading her videos, she has 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.[14] 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.[15] As her popularity grew on YouTube, Grimmie was discovered by Gomez's stepfather, Brian Teefey, who met with her in May 2010 and became her manager.[16][17]

2011: Find Me[edit]

Grimmie has performed in the UNICEF charity concert,[18][19] and has also performed backup vocals for Selena Gomez & the Scene, and was on the first ever DigiTour in 2011, specially designed for YouTube artists. Gomez became her mentor. She has appeared on the Billboard Social 50.[20] 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.[17]

She released an EP, entitled Find Me, on June 14, 2011.[17] Her debut single 'Advice' was released to Radio Disney on June 11,[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

2012-13: With Love[edit]

In January 2012, Grimmie moved to Los Angeles to pursue her singing career. 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. On Disney.com, she starred in the web show 'Power Up: with Christina Grimmie, which ran from March 29, 2012 until June 5, 2012. She 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.[24] She then opened for Gomez on her North American dates of her Stars Dance Tour,[25] 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: The Voice[edit]

Grimmie auditioned for Season 6 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, as revealed on her Facebook page.[26] 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.[27] She finished in 3rd place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington.

     – 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
Live Top 12 "Dark Horse" Katy Perry April 21, 2014 20.6 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 10 "Hold On, We're Going Home" Drake feat. Majid Jordan April 28, 2014 22.5 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 8 (Quarterfinals) "How to Love" Lil Wayne May 5, 2014 24.8 Saved by Public Vote
Live Top 5 (Semifinals) "Hide and Seek" Imogen Heap May 12, 2014 26.5 Saved by Twitter Instant Save
"Some Nights" fun. 26.9
Live Finale "Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus May 19, 2014 28.1 Third place
"Somebody That I Used to Know" (with Adam Levine) Gotye feat. Kimbra 28.5
"Can't Help Falling in Love" Elvis Presley 28.8

2014-present: Post-The Voice and major label debut[edit]

During the competition, Grimmie's coach Adam expressed intentions to sign her to his record deal, 222 Records, with Lil Wayne also showing interest in signing her to his record deal, Young Money Entertainment. She ultimately chose to sign with Island Records.[4] She is currently touring with the previous contestants of The Voice including season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, runner-up Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, season 1 runner-up Dia Frampton and fellow season 6 finalists Kristen Merlin and Jake Barker. The Voice Summer tour started on June 21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently writing and recording music for her sophomore album, her third major release, and first release being signed to a label. The lead single is expected to be released in July 2014, with the album following later in the year.[28] Grimmie announced via Facebook that filming for the lyric video for the single started on July 6, 2014.[29] On July 11 she announced that her new single would be called "Must Be Love."[30] On July 15, 2014 she announced via a live stream that the song would be released on July 31, 2014.[31] "Must Be Love" was produced by Elof Loelv and recorded at ZAC Recording in Atlanta, Georgia.[32]

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."[33] Grimmie cited Christina Aguilera as her main influence vocally.[33] She also said she admires Beyoncé for her vocals.[33] 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.[34]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[35]
US
Indie

[36]
BEL (FL)
[37]
With Love 101 20 167

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]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
Heat

[38]
"Advice" 2011 Find Me
"Liar Liar" 15
"Tell My Mama" 2013 With Love
"Must Be Love" 2014 TBA
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.

Releases from The Voice[edit]

Album Year Peak chart positions
US
The Complete Season 6 Collection
Single Peak chart positions Original Artist
US
[39]
CAN
[40]
"Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
"I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift
"Counting Stars" OneRepublic
"I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz
"Dark Horse" Katy Perry
"Hold On, We're Going Home" 74 64 Drake feat. Majid Jordan
"How to Love" 79 79 Lil Wayne
"Hide and Seek" Imogen Heap
"Some Nights" fun.
"Can't Help Falling in Love" 74 68 Elvis Presley
"Somebody That I Used to Know" 66 47 Gotye feat. Kimbra
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Advice" Sean Babas
2013 "Tell My Mama" David Turvey
"Feelin' Good" N/A

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 So Random! Herself-Performer
2011 The Click Clique Herself
2012 Power Up with Christina Grimmie Host
2012 Remixed[41] Herself-Performer
2012 Dancing With the Stars[42] Performer
2013 Dancing With the Stars[43] Performer
2014 Dancing With the Stars[44] Performer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Outcome
2011 American Music Awards New Media Honoree (Female) Herself Won[45]
2011 Youth Rock Awards 2011 Rockin’ Indie Artist of the Year Herself Won[46]
2012 Intense Radio's Music Awards Best Female Cover Artist Herself Won[47]
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
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Viral Superstar Herself Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Music Herself Nominated

Concert Tours[edit]

Opening act

References[edit]

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