For Immediate Release
Contact: Marcia Bunge
Genesis Marketing Group
Local Native Michael Grimm to Perform at Silver Slipper Casino
Hancock County – July 20, 2010 – Silver Slipper Casino has announced that Waveland native and national singing sensation, Michael Grimm, will perform on August 13 and 14 at the Slipper, with two FREE shows nightly at 8:00 p.m. at The Original Stage Bar. “Michael’s incredibly talented. He’s a real credit to Waveland, South Mississippi and most importantly, his Grandmother,” said John N. Ferrucci, COO and General Manager for Silver Slipper Casino. “Now, the whole country knows about him and we’re glad to host his performance here at the Slipper.”
Grimm, who taught himself to play guitar and write music at an early age, was named the Christian Country Music Association’s “Star of Tomorrow” at the age of 16 for his hit song, “John Wayne and Jesus”. He was presented the award in 1997 at the Ryman Auditorium, the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” which was recently damaged by the floods in Nashville.
At the age of 5, Grimm began attending his Grandparents’ church where his Grandmother played the piano and his Great Grandfather preached. It was there that Grimm turned to Christian Music and later combining it with the Country Music that his Grandparents loved.
When Grimm was 12 years old, his Grandmother recognized his talent and soon began taking him around to the bars throughout Southern Mississippi where he performed the music of country favorites like George Jones, Travis Tritt and more. It was then that Grimm’s career began to take off, and at the age of 16, signed his first recording contract and headed to Nashville.
But things didn’t work out in Nashville as he expected and Grimm soon returned home to South Mississippi. It was during the two years that followed that Grimm began performing Country Music, again, and soon discovered Soul Music and the Blues. Once he heard such greats as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, he never looked back. The music felt so natural that Grimm quickly became a soul artist without even realizing it.
In 2000, Grimm was performing Soul on the Mississippi Gulf Coast when some people from Las Vegas heard him perform and were impressed. He soon moved to Vegas, made several albums, and now performs at venues throughout Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, with headliners such as Heart, Tom Petty, BB King, the Doobie Brothers and others. Grimm also performs regularly at Mandalay’s House of Blues in Vegas.
Grimm’s return home to Waveland and South Mississippi will be celebrated with two shows beginning at 8:00 p.m., nightly, August 13 and 14 at Silver Slipper Casino’s The Original Stage Bar. Admission is FREE. Patrons must be 21 years or older to attend.