From Texas State to Hollywood Hills, Grimes’ talent resonates with ‘Voice’
By Catherine Harper
Texas State alumnus and country singer Curtis Grimes got his start on NBC's "The Voice."
Texas State University alumnus Curtis Grimes could not have imagined that one call would change his life in January 2011. After auditioning earlier that month for NBC’s “The Voice” — a singing competition moderated by celebrity judges — Grimes’ country stylings hit the mark with producers and he was on his way to stardom.
“They reached out to me at first with an e-mail saying they’d like me to audition after they’d seen some of my shows on YouTube,” Grimes says. “The whole experience was awesome.”
After flying to Hollywood, Grimes worked with music coach Cee Lo Green each week of auditions, making it to the quarter-finals on the show. His success with the singing competition has awarded him national exposure, with his new album Doin’ My Time hitting the Top Texas 15 and his new single “Irresponsible” on airwaves last month.
Before his singing success, Grimes was immersed not in music but in baseball as a pitcher at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After transferring to Texas State in 2005, however, Grimes struck a chord with the music scene in San Marcos.
“Texas State definitely influenced me music-wise, since the country scene is so strong down there,” Grimes says, speaking from his tour stop in West Texas. “It’s kind of a central hub of country music. There were artists like Randy Rogers and Ryan Turner coming from there, so it’s where I found a lot of my influences.”
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Texas State shares cultural legacy
with Stars of Texas Music concert
By Billi London-Gray
The 2011 Stars of Texas Music concert on Oct. 18 will feature Jack Ingram (pictured), Robyn Ludwick, Kyle Park and The Trishas.
Texas music culture — with its guitars, fiddles, song swaps and storied characters — is alive and well in San Marcos. At the heart of studying this art form and nurturing its artists is Texas State University, home to the Center for Texas Music History and the Stars of Texas Music Legacy Series of free concerts.
The 2011 Stars of Texas Music concert — featuring Jack Ingram, Robyn Ludwick, Kyle Park and The Trishas — will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus. Admission is free, but seating is limited to the capacity of the venue. Continue reading
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Stars play tribute to Guy Clark,
support Texas music history
The Center for Texas Music History will host a 70th birthday tribute concert for Texas music legend Guy Clark on Nov. 2 at the Long Center in Austin.
By the Center for Texas Music History
The Center for Texas Music History will host the fundraising concert “Wish I Was In Austin: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Guy Clark” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Long Center in Austin.
The live show also celebrates the release of the double CD-set This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, to be released Nov. 8 to celebrate Clark’s 70th birthday. Clark was born in Monahans, Texas, on Nov. 6, 1941. Continue reading
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