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, Rovi