My little brother, Reed, and his journey since American Idol has been exciting. Not only has he been getting a bunch of different offers, but his fan base keeps growing and growing. We're all so proud of him!
You can see many of the Grimm siblings performing at the Minnesota State Fair this year - just keep watching for more details. Performances will be at the Dino's Gyros Stage (on Underwood and Carnes).
I've been performing at theaters and clubs and having a blast at my regular Sunday night show @ Manitou Station!
Check the Schedule Page for more details of times and locations.
New Voice Over on QuitPlan commercial - January 20, 2012
Things are great! - December 16, 2011
Saying Hi to the folks out there!
Having a blast with my two children and my full schedule doing voice overs, writing music, producing CDs, events and shows, performing for private functions and, of course, my SUNDAY NIGHTS at Manitou Station (details on Schedule Page).
Finished producing a 30-minute television Christmas Special and am currently shopping it around to stations to team up with some local talent and make a fun splash on TV!
Looking forward to the new year and can't wait to hear from you - let me know how you are by emailing me and joining my update list. Place your email in the field on this screen and join up!
Many exciting things to come...
Virtuwell Voice Over - February 22, 2011
virtuwell.com I'm glad to be their voice!
Blow It for BIX PIX - January 27, 2011
This is the new promotion reel for Bix Pix Entertainment 2011.
This is the company that did all the stop-motion stuff for NBC's Community this past Christmas season and has had fun spots on Saturday Night Live and many other super cool things!
They asked me to write new lyrics to my motor-mouthed "Blow It" for stop-motion specifics and this is what we came up with!
OfficeMax Voice Over - January 12, 2011
Hey! Here's some new voiceover work I've recently completed with OfficeMax. Super cool.
A little more NBC... - November 26, 2010
Some more fun has arrived in the form of NBC's "The Sing Off" during their second season. You just might hear me singing or you just might hear music that I have written playing a supporting role to the contestants and their journeys, hardships and successes.
It was great fun to be part of the team collaborating with Sony and NBC!
Tune in this December...
NBC's Parenthood - March 21, 2010
Listen to 'Now That You're Here' from NBC's Parenthood on iTunes or press play @ the top of the page...
the After Noon album, also available on iTunes
Papa Murphy's radio commercial - March 20, 2010
Recorded a national radio commercial (speaking) for Papa Murphy's the other day. So, if you happen to hear the commercial about Fran, the frantic mom driving home from work, that's me! I'm Fran in the commercials as well as the announcer in some of them - 'Handmade fresh, Homebaked great!"
On the Road Again... - March 15, 2010
Here we are!
Out and about - doin' what we do best.
Having a blast with the crew on the Girl Singers tour. Pretty easy when the crew consists of my brother(drums), my sister(vox), my mother(vox), my aunt(vox), and the piano player, the bass player, and the crazy fun tech guy.
Playing a bunch in the plains and then we go back home at the end of March. I'm home for a few days, and then I head out to New York to play the Metropolitan Room on Thu Apr 8th and Carnegie Hall Fri Apr 9th. My good friend, Lynn Loosier is the reigning champion of The Apollo Theater's competition and she told me that she plans on having me sing at the Apollo on Wed Apr 7th, but we shall see.... T'would be crazed.
Anyhow, the schedule of the whens and the wheres is on my Schedule Page. Feel free to drop me a line and be sure to pop over to a show if I'm in your area!!!!
Interview - February 17, 2010
Hey there - I was just interviewed by a music placement site and thought it might be cool to post the interview here for you!
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up on the road with my family singing in resorts, lounges, casinos, theme parks, etc. We had a home base near Minneapolis/St. Paul and another out by Atlantic City where my grandmother lived. After getting off of the road around age 13, I ended up completing high school and college in Minneapolis where I still reside with my husband and two children.
Q: What made you realize that music was your path?
A: Music is the family trade. Since birth, all of the children were steeped in show business and it only feels natural for it to be at least part of my path, if not my entire focus.
Q: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
A: I create quite a few different types, depending on the need. The most consistent quality in the music I create is just that. Quality. I pride myself on being versatile and able to jump in, figure it all out and perform/create accordingly.
Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?
A: My family, of course, but besides that, Peggy Lee, 90's hip-hop and R&B, 40's vocal pop, Mel Torme and Nat King Cole.
Q: What makes your music unique?
A: I like the blend of the old showbiz sensibility mixed with today's flavor and mentality. Good lyrics, catchy hooks, old-time sound, today's need for a great voice.
Q: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you're most proud of?
A: Jumping out to New York to do a solo show. I had grown up as the daughter, the sidekick, the bonus, the chick singer in a band of boys, etc. I decided to do my very first solo show all the way out in NYC. It was a big dive into doing things on my own. It went very well and was received as such in the Village Voice that year. Loved it. Also, my After Noon album as my first all-original venture. I'm particularly proud of that.
Q: What's next for you?
A: Trying to get my music to a larger audience while still churning out the music that's needed here in town to stay alive. Jingles and weddings and voice overs and commercials make the cash, but going back on the road with my family promoting an album would be right up my alley and is certainly where I'm most at home.
Playing - January 19, 2010
I'm just playing a bunch and rehearsing a bunch for this crazy Carnegie Hall thing in April. Tough music, but it's nice to be seriously challenged musically. I think I just said I'm musically challenged.... Well, you know what I mean....
It's another girl! - July 9, 2009
Little Rio Lauren was born June 26, 2009 at 9lbs 4oz and with a full head of dark brown hair. She's a delight. Eating, sleeping, and doing what babies do best like a champion. Pictures are posted in the Photo Gallery!
Spring 2009 Update - May 7, 2009
A few quick things...
First off, I made it past the Semi-Finals and am on to the Finale next weekend for a slick $10,000. If you're too new to the newsletter to know what I'm talking about, there is a pretty funny singing contest I'm in that has been going on for quite a few weeks and quite a few rounds. Now, I've made it to the Finale, May 16th, where 20 finalists sing and one lucky stiff walks away with 10 grand. Yipes.
Not sure if I sent this information out on my mailing list, but I'm expecting another baby girl this summer. We have our other little girl who will be turning 3 in August and she will get her little sister late June this year.
We are very excited!!!
That's the news!
CBS Singing Family Face Off - January 27, 2009
Still not doing much in the way of public performances for the time being, but you can catch a quick glimpse of me and my family on the
CBS Early Show website.
My mom, Colleen Raye, thought it would be a good idea to enter into
the Singing Family FaceOff, so we did a quick video and uploaded it
onto their site.
The music from the After Noon album is now available on iTunes.
After Noon - my newest album! - June 23, 2008
The album is finished!
The CD Release Party is at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 7pm.
For more info visit the Schedule Page.
Can't wait for you to hear it!
To get a sneak peek, visit the Music page and hear a clip!
We are through recording... CD Release Party July 3rd at The Dakota! - June 11, 2008
The new album is coming along great!
We recorded it all in one week and are in the process of making some
final decisions and mixing. It is a great album full of brand new
original tunes that give you that perfect front-porch-swinging,
nothing-to-do, summer afternoon, easy, lazy type of feeling. Can't
wait for you to hear it.
And here is where you can!
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 - CD Release Party @ The Dakota
7pm - 11pm
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant â€¢ 1010 Nicollet â€¢ Downtown Minneapolis
â€¢ 612-332-1010 http://www.dakotacooks.com
I may be sending a preview of a song or two to those on my mailing
list as they come out. I'm so proud of this record - really looking
forward to sharing it all with you soon...
In the meantime, I'll be doing other stuff (and a few tunes off of
the new disc) with Jocko MacNelly on guitar at Rossi's this month.
AND this month, we're doing another fun run of THE GIRL SINGERS OF THE
HIT PARADE with my Mother, Sister and Aunt at The Phipps Center for
the Arts in Hudson, WI and The Old Log Theater by Lake Minnetonka.
All the details can be found by clicking the Schedule Button. Thx so much for stopping by!
Spring is here... - May 10, 2008
I'm currently working on a NEW ALBUM!!!!! How exciting...
I'll keep you updated as I go along. Can't wait.
Anyhow, to see where I'll be in the meantime, click the Schedule button - it is newly updated. Thanks!
Coming up... - October 19, 2007
So much has been happening in the household here. Rowan turned 1 and just started walking this past weekend, Aaron (my husband) is back teaching for the school year and my shows and projects have been almost overwhelming. I've been happy, of course, to get the calls!!
Lately, voice over work has been coming my way and all sorts of special projects for events, shows, parties, and albums. It's been a fun fall so far!
Coming up, DJ Spur and I will be working toward some more performances of our original House Music with the potential for an entire album release in 2008. You can hear some of our stuff at http://www.myspace.com/djspur Also, more immediately, I'll be appearing with some family members in another performance of The Girl Singers Of The Hit Parade
Being a Mommy - February 11, 2007
That's what I've been up to lately. My little girl is about to be 6 months old and we're cutting the umbilical cord again by mommy no longer being a food source. That frees me up a teensy bit more to go ahead and concentrate on music.
As the public shows roll in, I'll be letting you know about them - and if you're not on the e-mailing list, click and join at the top of the page - I'll send you updates on what's going on and where I'm playing.
Can't wait to get back out and have some more fun!! See you soon.
It's a...... - August 26, 2006
Rowan (row-ANN) Elizabeth was born Friday, August 18th, 2006 at 7:18AM, 21 and 1/2 inches long and weighing in at 10 lbs, 5 and 1/4 oz! Oh Baby!!!
She's lovingly named after one of our grandmothers who will be 96 this year - so cool.
Check out the baby pics in the Photo Gallery!
Summertime - May 31, 2006
Midwestern heat and humidity with a baby in my tummy is a challenge... whew... 10 more weeks or so to go. Can't wait to meet the little thing. The Girl Singers show is coming up and then I'll be taking some time off to sit in some air-conditioned room with my feet up and await the arrival of the rambunctious one. I'll check in once the little one arrives. Talk to you then. Happy Summertime!