Life feels like a dream for Christina Grimmie — one she hopes doesn’t end.
The 20-year-old Sherman Oaks resident grabbed one of the coveted top 10 spots on the sixth season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
“It’s been so crazy, so humbling,” said Grimmie, who started the season with 48 other accomplished vocalists. “I’m learning so much every day. It’s such a whirlwind. It’s amazing that I’m still in this thing.”
“The Voice” is a singing competition hosted by Carson Daly in which aspiring artists sing for a panel of four A-list musicians/judges sight unseen and try to get them to turn their chair and select them based on sound alone. Once the celebs have their teams, the singers are mentored as they vie for the grand prize: $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Music Group.
“Watching the show, I saw how Adam connected with people,” she said. “And my genre is pop, and for pop — well, Adam, he’s that guy. He’s really taken an interest and has been nothing but there for me.”
Grimmie got her first glimpse of fame on YouTube, doing covers of such hits like Nelly’s “Just a Dream” and “Don’t Wanna Be Torn” by Miley Cyrus (from Cyrus’ “Hannah Montana” days), the latter her first YouTube video.
“I wasn’t sure about it, but a friend of mine convinced me to post videos of myself singing,” Grimmie said. “People really liked them, and they started to be in high demand. I got a rush of song requests.”
The gamble paid off. The videos, now at more than 2 million views, were seen by Selena Gomez’s father, and before long, she had landed a spot opening for Selena Gomez on two international tours. Last August, Grimmie released an EP and an LP, both making it into the Top 40 the first week.
Then came a musical lull that had Grimmie asking, “What now?”
“Trying out for ‘The Voice’ had been something I secretly always wanted to do,” she said. “It’s such a cool concept and such an amazing platform.”
And singing for an audience on her own brings unique rewards.
“It’s such a rush,” Grimmie said. “Opening for Selena was an amazing opportunity, but nobody knows who you are. On ‘The Voice,’ people not only know who you are, but they’re rooting for you. I just never want it to end.”
“Be true to whatever musical style you want to follow,” she said. “Don’t let anyone talk you out of it or try and change you. And don’t care if they call you a sellout — this is your dream. For a few years, I was confused and tried other styles, then I started being true to my passion, and now I couldn’t be happier. I know it sounds cliché, but follow your dream.”
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