With her YouTube channel’s nearly 2.5 million subscribers and 246 million total views, Christina Grimmie isn’t a stranger to most avid pop music-listening, YouTube-viewing teens. Still, she hasn’t made it quite yet into the household name territory — but her star may be coming soon.
Recently appearing on NBC’s highly-rated “The Voice” during the show’s sixth Blind Auditions round, the 19-year-old singer wowed the judges — and presumably a good chunk of the American viewing public — when she performed her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” All four judges — Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine — turned their chairs for her, and she ended up choosing Levine as her mentor.
Grimmie began covering popular songs on YouTube in 2009 when she uploaded a video of herself singing Miley Cyrus‘ “Don’t Wanna Be Torn.” She attracted millions of views, and her independently released freshman album of original songs in 2011, “Find Me,” debuted at No. 35 on the US Billboard top 200 chart.