Michael Grimm: A Star Is Born!


The moment that Michael Grimm, a thirty-year-old singer from MIssissippi, began singing in his audition for America’s Got Talent was the moment that a wonderful new career was launched. I was mesmerized. Michael’s soulful voice reminds me of Michael Bolton. My daughter Erin’s reaction sums it up perfectly: “I got shivers! He had a superb voice plus he’s attractive, humble, and sensitive.”

Congratulations, Michael, for taking the title! You deserved it!

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The results were announced on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Michael was declared the winner over runner-up Jackie Evancho, the ten-year-old girl who sings like an angel. Before the winner was revealed, the top four acts performed duets with well-known singers. Michael was honored to sing with three-time Grammy nominee Jewel.

Here is the moment when host Nick Cannon announced the winner!

On Friday, September 17, 2010, two days after he was crowned the winner on America’s Got Talent, Michael Grimm appeared on Ellen. In a touching moment, Michael knelt on one knee and proposed to Lucy, his girlfriend of three years.

Michael has already made a handful of albums but this is his first foray into the big time. There’s no question that he’s destined for superstardom. Click here to order his latest album, Leave Your Hat On.

Here is a terrific twenty-six-minute interview with Michael on the May 13, 2011 episode of Kats With the Dish, a weekly arts and entertainment radio show in Las Vegas. Coh-osts John Katsilometes and Tricia McCrone ask Michael about his America’s Got Talent victory, his new CD on Epic Records and his marriage proposal that was broadcast on national TV.

Here is a six-minute interview with Michael on Piers Morgan Tonight from May 2011. Michael closes the interview by performing Fallin’ by Alicia Keys.

Here is Michael singing You Don’t Know Me, the song he auditioned with, with McKenna Medley, the daughter of Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers fame. It was shot in Branson, Missouri, just two days before Michael left to go film America’s Got Talent after the auditions aired.

Here is Michael’s bio from the America’s Got Talent website:

Michael Grimm grew up in South Mississippi where his grandparents raised him. His grandmother took him to church on Sundays, where she played the piano at the service. This was where Michael fell in love with music. His grandmother inspired him and encouraged him to pursue his newfound love. At the age of 12, he started working at local bars. As he grew older, he perfected his guitar playing, vocals and songwriting skills, listening to different styles of music while he continued to write his own. In 2000, Michael was encouraged to move to Las Vegas because of the abundance of work. He worked in Las Vegas with many different artists, learning and playing a wide variety of musical styles. He eventually formed his own three-piece band, working in small local bars, casino lounges, and a few Vegas steakhouses. When he auditioned for America’s Got Talent, he had a goal. That goal was to show his appreciation to his grandparents. Just like many others, his grandparents lost everything in the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Michael would like to offer his grandparents a home. America’s Got Talent can be the vehicle to help him achieve his goal.

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31 Responses to “Michael Grimm: A Star Is Born!”

  1. Carolyn CJ Jones Says:

    Oh, he IS a humble guy!! VERY nice and soulful voice! It touches my heart that he’s doing this to help his grandparents. :)

    Carolyn CJ Jones

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, my only concern is he’s a little too humble, Carolyn. In his on-camera interviews, he says things like “I don’t want to blow it” and “There’s so much to lose.” Given his background, such an attitude is entirely understandable. But I hope he’s able to become more positive, enjoy his success and feel worthy of it. I wish him happiness even more than success.

  3. Jen Says:

    I was a huge fan of Michael’s until I found out today that he has not been portraying himself accurately. The “poor me” routine worked,..as I sure bought it lock stock and barrel. He actually has a successful career and contract in Las Vegas already performing as a headliner at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino,..the same hotel George Clooney has a private suite in. Just to give you a feel for how nice the place is. A local’s favorite place as well. Why do people feel the need to pull heart strings to get ahead? The guy is very talented,..why couldn’t he just be truthful,..sure didn’t hurt Adam Lambert to lay it all out there did it???? I am so disappointed in him!!!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Jen, don’t be too disappointed. Yes, Michael performs at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino, but calling him a headliner there makes it sound more prestigious than it actually is. He’s more of a lounge singer doing free shows, trying to be heard over people talking and not paying attention, as this video shows:

    As this brief article explains, Michael has been working steadily in Vegas for nine years but is still struggling to make a name for himself:

    So I think you’re being too hard on Michael. “America’s Got Talent” is made for people like him who are doing what they love but need a grander stage to become better known. And the show certainly checks contestants out to make sure they’re eligible. Knowing that Michael has been regularly performing in Vegas actually makes me feel better about him because he has a solid base to grow from and has the confidence and experience to really make it big!

    Here is the article I mentioned in its entirety:
    Michael Grimm is part of the eclectic mix of entertainment that keeps the Ovation showroom at Green Valley Ranch Station Casino hopping.

    For those with a death grip on their entertainment dollars, many shows — including Grimm’s — are free.

    Grimm is not to be missed if you like great blues.

    His band performs at Ovation at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and he moves inside Hank’s Steakhouse at the casino on other nights.

    When he isn’t performing at Green Valley Ranch he’s working on recording projects or touring with the likes of Heart and the Doobie Brothers.

    At a time when many local musicians are scrambling for gigs, Grimm’s plate is full.

    “I do work,” he says. “I’m very fortunate. I’m actually able to give musicians work, which sometimes means doing without a little money for myself to pay for them.”

    He recently worked with producers T. Bone Burnett, who won four Grammys for the soundtrack to “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and Michael Campbell, guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

    Grimm has been a Vegas fixture for nine years, a hidden jewel sometimes overlooked by fans.

    He began as a country singer in rural Mississippi, encouraged by his grandmother, who played piano for the local Baptist church. His tastes evolved from country to Southern soul, which led to tours with B.B. King and others.

    Grimm hasn’t totally abandoned his country roots. He keeps knocking on Nashville’s door. He says he’ll be there again in a few weeks working on a recording project. “I don’t like to talk about it in advance,” he says. “It might jinx it.”

    It may be hard to put a jinx on this talented singer and guitarist.

    While he travels the country pursuing opportunities, Vegas is home.

    “I make money here. That’s why I’ve been here as long as I have,” he says. “I’m taking it as it comes, staying here, trying to make a little cash and still do other things, trying to get noticed.

    “I just want people to hear my music. I need that chance to reach out to people. It’s a struggle, but Vegas gives me that opportunity.”

  5. Dee Says:

    Thank you SO much Phil, for summing up Michael Grimm’s musical career and journey so well. When I listen to him covering Al Green, Otis Redding and Joe Cocker, all of whom I adore, it’s very clear that Michael’s voice leaves them standing in his dust. If there’s a reason why Michael has had to struggle, other than the tough music world, I think it might have been Michael Bolton. Now that he’s no longer topping the charts, Michael Grimm has his chance – with a voice more mature than in his earlier years, and with an amazing accumulation of the greatest soul and blues music ever. While he might sound like Bolton, he takes Bolton to a whole new level – just as he does a long list of long-standing musical legends. Can’t wait to see what Michael’s newest project will bring.

  6. Dee Says:

    Phil: I also wanted to say that when I watched the above video on youtube last night, I wanted to cry for Michael being stuck in the corner of a restaurant, trying to sing over shouts and conversations. No wonder he closes his eyes when he sings – he has to concentrate somehow. Knowing that Michael’s singing in corners is a thing of the past helps – a lot. Knowing that you are pulling for him – the icing on the cake.

  7. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I’m sure Michael is thrilled that he’s got such a passionate fan in you, Dee. Yes, it’s heartbreaking to think of the way Michael has struggled in his life, but at the same time he wouldn’t be able to sing with such soul and authenticity were it not for his suffering. Let’s hope he’s now able to enjoy life more and become the star he was destined to be!

  8. Jacqueline A Lewis Says:

    Love – Love Michael Grimm!! such a voice, he steals your heart, so humble, you are drawn into his world. His love for his grandparents warms my heart. Michael deserves to win this- I would go to see him play at Caesar’s Palace and he would pack the house, without a doubt!!! Go Michael Grimm.

  9. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, Michael’s days of playing to small crowds is over, Jacqueline. AGT has given him the platform he needed to reach a wider audience and display his talent to the world. No matter what happens in the finals this week, he’s on his way to stardom!

  10. Annia Says:

    I am so in awe by Michael’s talents & also amazed by cynical people out there who are finding ways to put this man down. Yes, he is a working musician, but I’m sure after all expenses (when he gets paid) & paying his band members, probably not much left to send home. I’m praying that he wins the AGT & his career will really take off from there. I have 3 of his 4 cds (passed up the easy-listening cd) & can’t wait for his next. Wishing him the best & been voting for him every week that he’s on. Will be giving all of my 10 votes for him tomorrow as well. Best of luck to him.

  11. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Annia. Keep your fingers crossed for Wednesday!

  12. Dee Says:

    Hey, Phil: This article was copied and posted on Michael Grimm’s facebook today. While several took issue with the comparison to Michael Bolton, I commented that you were a big fan of Michael’s and that everyone should take time to read your other writings. It’s wonderful that you encourage the purchase of Michael’s CDs – and I hope you’ve treated yourself to all four by now. All good things to both you and Michael. Blue skies ahead!

  13. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Very cool. Dee. Thanks for the heads up! I looked for it but there are so many posts that I couldn’t find it. I k=don’t know why people would take exception to the Michael Bolton comparison. I meant it as a huge complement. Thanks for the plug!

  14. heanne Says:

    do you know michael grimm’s date of birth ?

  15. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Sorry, heanne, I don’t.

  16. Jamie Hosmer Says:

    For many of us in Vegas who know Michael personally, it is an incredible thing that he won. Michael and I have performed together on a few occasions, and he ALWAYS brings the house down. Here’s a clip of him singing with a group I perform with, “Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns” in Las Vegas. He is an incredible talent, and he deserves this.

    (BTW, I’m the keyboard player right behind Michael, in case you are wondering)

    Jamie Hosmer

  17. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Awesome, Jamie! I can only imagine your excitement when Michael won! Thanks for checking in and sharing the video. I look forward to watching it, especially because “You Don’t Know Me” is the song Michael sang for his “America’s Got Talent” audition and I LOVED the way he sang it! Thanks again!

  18. MNCyn Says:

    Jimi Hendrix said, “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel”
    Well … I think that’s the case with most music and with most musicians.
    This guy has something few have, and i’m so proud of the voters for recognizing it! That’s not always the case, you know, with voter based ‘reality’ shows. Thank you, Phil, for this recap and for helping us to find peace and purpose in our chaotic world.

  19. Phil Bolsta Says:

    My pleasure, MNCyn! I’m glad you enjoy Michael’s music!

  20. gibby Says:

    I just want to say that i never watch programs like AGT or American idol. I was at a relatives house and he insisted we watch this show called “Americas Got Talent”. That was when the 10 finalists performed and let me tell you -I heard Mr. Grimm sing and I proudly predicted that he would win. That young man is so talented and he earned any break or success he obtains. I was most impressed by his selfless demeanor after his name was called as the winner. He seamed so concerned about little Jackie’s feelings and comforted her at that climactic time. I could read his lips as he asked her if she was :ok”? I am from pittsburgh and of course i took some ribbing from my family but i got the last laugh! I only wish that tour was coming closer to the Burgh so as i could see him perform. Good luck michael…in all your endeavors!

  21. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Glad you got to see Michael perform, Gibby. Yep, one song is all it takes to realize he’s got something special. And I agree that it was very kind of him to comfort Jackie amidst the whirlwind of being declared the winner. I don’t think he expected his name to be called.

  22. Izan Says:

    I love him :-)

  23. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You have good taste, Izan!

  24. Annmarie Teresco Says:

    Thanks for that wonderful piece on Michael Grimm. It would be wonderful if you could follow up w another now that his new cd is out. Your daughter is one smart cookie!!

  25. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I bought his album too, Annmarie. And I agree with your comment about my cookie cub!

  26. Ellen Says:

    I second Annmarie’s comment about a follow up piece. I had an opportunity to meet Michael and chat with him. While he is a sweetheart and at times self effacing, he has the kind of drive, passion, and tenacity that a true star needs to succeed.

    His album is great and has gotten great reviews, and he continues to tour. All people have to do is hear him once and they are hooked. Amazing person, amazing singer, amazing star.

  27. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Cool that you got to meet Michael, Ellen. Where and when did that happen?

  28. Ellen Says:

    Hi, Phil,
    I met Michael twice. Once in NYC (at 1:00 in the morning) during the AGT tour. He was gracious even when exhausted, stopping to talk with every single person who had waited for him.
    Then I was very lucky just recently. After performing at Bethel Woods, NY, Michael and the band were stuck because of Hurricane Irene. They played at a small local bar and I got the chance to hear him sing. I was also introduced to Michael during one of the breaks and got to spend some time talking with him, with Lucie, his wife, and with Don, his manager.
    They were all absolutely wonderful and sweet. And good grief, that boy can sing!

  29. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your stories, Ellen!

  30. gayle Says:

    Read this piece long ago and loved it and the title, totally agree. I have stopped back now and then; glad to see you have added later information to your piece (new cd, Piers Morgan Interview). You may have seen this interview already, but if you didn’t I wanted to give you the youtube site so you could watch it. It is a 30 minute interview that was done by “Kats with the Dish” Radio Show and video taped which originally appeared in the Las Vegas Sun. It is a really great interview.

  31. Phil Bolsta Says:

    THis is awesome, Gayle! It’s a high-quality interview both technically and content-wise. They asked the questions I was most interested in. I’ll add it very soon, along with another performance video someone referred me to. Thanks a million!

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