As many Americans, last summer I was glued to the set on Tuesday nights to both watch and listen to soulful crooner, Michael Grimm not only inspire us with his beautiful voice but the touching story of being raised by his grandparents and the challenges he experienced along the way. Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Grimm to discuss how life has changed since winning America's Got Talent and his new self-titled album which is debuting today.
Candace Rose: How has your life changed since winning America's Got Talent? By the way, my mom and I are huge fans and we voted every week for you!
Michael Grimm: "Well, tell her thank you and thank you very much, I appreciate it."
CR: Legendary singer, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers surprised you on stage a few days ago and dubbed you the best singer of the century and best singer in the world, how does that make you feel?
MG: "Coming from him, it means everything. He has been not only an inspiration and an idol growing up, listening to him but I got to know him the past few years and he's really been a great mentor and a real dear friend of mine."
Michael Grimm & Bill Medley embracing on stage in Las Vegas – Las Vegas Sun
CR: We were all touched by your grandparents, how they supported your career since an early age and how they devastatingly lost their home in Hurricane Katrina. How amazed were they by you donating your winnings to build them a home and of course for winning America's Got Talent?
MG: "Well, I've always told my grandparents I was going to go out one day, when I was a little boy. See they raised me and I would tell them when I was a little boy that I would buy them a house one day when I became a celebrity [laughing]. And you know when I went on the show I just figured, I'm going to keep to my promise if I win that money and there's no better time than now that they need it because they lost their home in Katrina and so many others down there. So I'm just glad that I got to hook them up with a wonderful house and it should be built here next month."
CR: What can your fans expect on your new album?
MG: "Oh wow; well they can expect what they're used to a little bit- that is the soulful music that's on here and I was raised on country, there's a little touch of country music on here. I'm doing a duet with Travis Tritt, so a little Travis and a little rock and roll, doing a duet also with Anne Wilson, so I'm very proud of this album. I collaborated it with Don Woods and I couldn't ask for a better album in the end. This is something I've always been waiting on."
Michael Grimm album debuting May 17, 2011 – Amazon.com
CR: What was it like collaborating with country superstar, Travis Tritt?
MG: "It was an experience of a lifetime. I grew up listening to Travis. Like I said I grew up on country music and just getting to meet him alone and then getting to sing a song with him…it's surreal."
CR: When will your album be released and where can your fans purchase it?
MG: "It will be all over the internet and in stores – Target, Walmart, iTunes. You can even get it through my website MichaelGrimmMusic.com. I think I have a facebook?"
CR: You do, I became a fan last night!
MG: "Cool! It'll be out there and I just hope people will go and take a listen to it."
CR: Absolutely. Do you have any additional information you'd like to share with your fans?
MG: "I just want to thank them all for voting me through and thank you, America and thanks to America's Got Talent and I just really hope everybody enjoys the album. I hope I get a second time around for another one here!"
CR: I have a feeling you will! Well, thank you very much, Michael, it was great speaking with you. Best of luck with the new album.
MG: "It's my pleasure, thank you, Candace."