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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.

Customer Reviews

He has an amazing soulful voice!

There are not too many singers that can sing songs by such great artist as Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam and Dave like Michael Grimm does. Thanks to AGT I was able to discover this great talent.

My God!!!

Speaking for myself, a lot of the artist of today bore me. There is very little depth or real feeling in the vocals. Then you have this fellow. My God! The talent and believability in his vocals are insane. He is a throw back to a time when you really had to stand on your talent to make it in the music business. It sounds effortless. I am becoming a real fan very quickly.

Awesome Voice

Hope he wins AGT...really talented!


Born: December 30, 1979 in Fort Carson, CO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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