At just 21 years old, Christina Grimmie has made her name for herself as a Youtube sensation, American Music Award-winning solo artist, and top 3 finalist on The Voice. Plus, she’s opened for Selena Gomez on tour, performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and released a single, “Cliche,” which peaked at number 7 on iTunes charts. In case you haven’t noticed, she’s mega talented, adorable and successful. Giving us the low-down on all-things music and fashion, Christina tells Style Solutions her story.
S: What made you transition from just singing covers to writing your own music?
C: Realizing that I could be doing a lot more than just covers made me switch; I could be influencing people in a whole new way by releasing music that was unique to me and having people see that. And also, just knowing that labels look for fresh original music, they’re not necessarily looking for just cover artists.
S: Out of all the music competitions, what made you choose going on the Voice in ’14?
C: I loved the idea of not having to see the singer while their singing. Growing up I’ve honestly never ever been a performer; I was always just working on my voice. I eventually grew into my own artist and became a performer along the way, but vocals are something that I’ve always cared about expanding and getting better at.
S: Are you still in touch with your coach, Adam?
C: Here and there yes, but we are both just very busy people!
S: What have you been working on lately?
C: Working on some brand new music, trying to really tap into a more “hushed” side of me, get some emotion out in the new album.
S: How many times will you film a song before thinking it’s ready to go live on YouTube?
C: More times than I’d like to admit…I’m probably the planet’s most psychotic perfectionist so every little detail needs to be perfect. And I’m not much of a “post production” kind of person when it comes to posting on YouTube. And by that, I mean I don’t go in after I’ve recorded it and fix the vocals or tune them, and even if I did that it’d be fairly obvious. And how else am I supposed to become a better singer if I fix every little thing I do wrong through a computer?
S: How often are you uploading videos nowadays?
C: Because of the writing process I’m in there hasn’t been much posting lately. Starting it up again soon.
S: You’ve accomplished a lot at 21. Is there something you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
C: I’ve accomplished a lot so far in such a short amount of time it feels, my dream is to maybe one day make it to the Grammy’s. The Grammy’s for me is like every sports fan’s Super Bowl. I never miss it! So it’d be an honor to be able to perform on that stage and maybe even win one
S: How do you describe your personal style?
C: Fashion is something that I never thought I’d be as into as I am now. I’m not much of a girly girl so I dress pretty tomboy/chic most of the time. I used to be strictly skater! Although I have to say I think that’ll always be a part of me in some way.
S: You’re wearing green headphones in your latest videos. Who are they by?
C: They are Panasonic. I’ve had these headphones since my start on Youtube, basically, so in a weird way those headphones and I have a sentimental connection haha. I even wore them in my very first music video EVER, called “Advice”.
S: What’s next for you?
C: New music and just working hard to get the new stuff right!