12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his first album following his victory on America’s Got Talent, Michael Grimm showcases the qualities that made him a favorite on the popular television show. Leave Your Hat On includes the song with which Grimm auditioned (Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker’s immortal “You Don’t Know Me”) in addition to the four tunes he performed on the show in the intervening weeks. Grimm has a workingman’s grit and his arrangements are refreshingly unpretentious. Grimm’s greatest asset might be his taste in material. His album leans heavily on the Southern R&B canon, with multiple songs drawn from the mighty vaults of Stax, Hi, and Atlantic. Otis Redding is his obvious favorite, and Grimm can really belt it out with an impressive and emotive growl. But the best songs show him using a gentle touch. His readings of “Tired of Being Alone” and “I’d Rather Go Blind” prove that Grimm grasps the awesome power of understatement — the secret weapon of soul music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his first album following his victory on America’s Got Talent, Michael Grimm showcases the qualities that made him a favorite on the popular television show. Leave Your Hat On includes the song with which Grimm auditioned (Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker’s immortal “You Don’t Know Me”) in addition to the four tunes he performed on the show in the intervening weeks. Grimm has a workingman’s grit and his arrangements are refreshingly unpretentious. Grimm’s greatest asset might be his taste in material. His album leans heavily on the Southern R&B canon, with multiple songs drawn from the mighty vaults of Stax, Hi, and Atlantic. Otis Redding is his obvious favorite, and Grimm can really belt it out with an impressive and emotive growl. But the best songs show him using a gentle touch. His readings of “Tired of Being Alone” and “I’d Rather Go Blind” prove that Grimm grasps the awesome power of understatement — the secret weapon of soul music.

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About Michael Grimm

A guitarist/vocalist with a bent toward bluesy Southern soul, Michael Grimm is best known as the winner of the 2010 season of NBC's America's Got Talent. Raised by his grandparents in Waveland, Mississippi, Grimm became interested in music while attending the Baptist church, where his grandmother played the piano. Subsequently, Grimm grew up on a steady diet of church hymns and country music, and by his teens he was writing and performing his own music. Eventually, Grimm relocated to Las Vegas and became a fixture on the bar and club circuit, where his Southern soul and rock sound developed a following. Grimm released two independent albums before auditioning and earning his spot on America's Got Talent in early 2010. It was Grimm's performance of "When a Man Loves a Woman" on September 14th that helped take him over the top on the NBC singing competition. After winning AGT, Grimm released his third solo effort, Leave Your Hat On, and signed with Epic Records. Grimm's self-titled major-label debut, featuring production by Don Was, was released in May of 2011. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Fort Carson, CO
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    December 30, 1979

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