About Michael Grimm:
Michael Grimm was raised in the swamplands of Hancock County, Mississippi. His grandparents took him in and raised him and his sister shortly after their parents’ divorce. At age five, he began his musical schooling from his grandmother who played piano at church, and by age 12, Michael, escorted by his grandmother, was performing the songs of George Jones, Travis Tritt and other Country greats at local bars and saloons.
By age 15, Michael was writing music and playing guitar regularly, and eventually began playing regular gigs with other musicians. During that time, Michael began his transition to Southern Soul, being highly influenced by the music of Etta James and Otis Redding. In his early twenties, he moved from the swamps of Mississippi to the deserts of Las Vegas, where he kept a busy schedule playing in clubs and casinos all over the valley, waiting for his "big break."
That break came in June 2010, when Michael appeared for the first time on NBC's nationally televised show "America's Got Talent." A favorite from the beginning, Michael's smooth vocals and promise to help his grandparents upgrade their living situation from their post-Katrina trailer should he win the $1 million dollar prize helped him win over the hearts of viewers across the world. The final results were announced in September, declaring Michael the winner.
Michael was visibly shocked by the announcement, and soon afterward said the following:
"Wow! I can't believe it! Someone pinch me...Is this for real? I want to thank all of you that voted for me. You have made me an extremely happy man and thanks to you, my grandparents will have a brand new home and a better life. For that I will be forever grateful! Thank you again and lots of love!"
Since his win, Michael has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and has toured with the cast of "America's Got Talent" around the country. Also, nine of his songs have ranked in the top 10 on CD Baby, and his self-produced album "Leave Your Hat On" has occupied the top selling album position for weeks. Upon completion of the AGT tour, he plans to sign with a record label and begin working on his next album.