Ever since her song, "Jar of Hearts," was featured on the June 30 episode of Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," singer/songwriter Christina Perri has rocketed from relative unknown to digital star. The pop ballad-danced to on the show by contestants Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick-debuts at No. 28 this week on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs charts with 48,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Sitting in the audience at the show, I was brought to tears," says Perri, the younger sister of former Shinedown lead guitarist Nick Perri. "A couple of days later, I was still in a dream state. I've never experienced anything like this. It's been insane."
And the whirlwind continues. The unsigned 23-year-old finds herself traveling to New York and taking meetings with major labels in pursuit of the career she's dreamed about since picking up the guitar at 15. A Beatles enthusiast who has their names tattooed around her wrists, Perri moved from her native Philadelphia to Los Angeles several years ago. Working in area restaurants, she spent her downtime doing "little things": a commercial and singing a song for Diane Warren, while simultaneously posting acoustic performances of original tracks and covers on YouTube.