Jerry Silverstein

Story

Michael Grimm is an incredibly talented performer who was brought up in Louisiana and eventually settled in Las Vegas. He built a career playing in the clubs and casinos until in 2010 he became a contestant on the popular television show "America's Got Talent." As the show progressed he won the hearts of the American viewing audience and went on to win the competition. Winning "AGT" gave a tremendous boost to his career and allowed Michael to tour nationally (with Stevie Nicks) and perform before audiences who had come to love him on television. He also released an album produced by the legendary Don Was (3 time Grammy winner who has produced Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones and BB King among others.)

I was introduced to Michael through mutual friends (shout out to Bill and Annmarie) who also live in Las Vegas and had followed Michael's rise from local legend to national star. What they appreciated was the fact that despite his tremendous talent and success he was truly down to earth, and that sincerity came through his music. From the moment Michael and I started writing together we connected, and the writing session was incredibly productive. It was a pleasure to get through the first verse and chorus and to hear Michael warm up to our song with each pass-through, turning a good song into an extraordinary one. It's great to write for a great voice, and Michael is the real deal. We wrote together for three days in January 2016 and I had the opportunity to play blues harp with him during his shows at the Las Vegas House of Blues.

Michael Grimm/Jerry Silverstein

Story

"There are moments between our heartbeats

Quiet spaces we can feel

Where we can get small glimpses of our soul

Where the world fades in the background

And time just slips away

And somehow through the chaos we feel whole"

The hook for this song came from the extraordinary book "The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats" by Jan-Phillipp Sendker. At our first session, Michael was immediately intrigued by the line "There are moments between our heartbeats" and our ideas just fed off of each other. Right from the start we had that mutual trust that is essential in a collaboration, including the trust that there can be times when the room is silent because everyone is lost in thought. What worked, though, was that when we would share what we had come up with during those pauses, what emerged took us to unexpected places and some great turns of phrases. Then we started to take the song for a trial run, this time feeding off each other musically, and that's when Michael's voice turned the song into something truly special. What a pleasure!

Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writers: Michael Grimm and Jerry Silverstein
Performer: Jerry Silverstein
Writers: Michael Grimm and Jerry Silverstein

Story

"Just South Of Where I'm From" came out of our last 3 day writing session in January 2016. Michael embraced the idea and filled in details about his growing up with his grandparents in Mississippi that brought the song to life. One of the things that I love about writing with Michael is how the songs we write come alive when he sings them and I hope to share his version of this song after he returns from his current National tour.