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Charles Grigsby


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Early Life:

The youngest of six siblings, Charles William Grigsby, Jr. was born in Oberlin, Ohio. His life as a performer goes back to childhood: His entire family being musically inclined, helped fuel his passion for song. As a teenager, Charles would use two cassette recorders to lay down multiple tracks of his own voice, harmonizing to the songs he memorized. Constantly looking to hone his skills, he would find “pick up” jam sessions with anyone willing to play and sing. In high school, he joined the school choir to aid in his study of singing mechanics. He grew up listening to such acts as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Donell Jones, Brian McKnight, Marvin Gaye, Boyz II Men and Take 6, all of whom influenced his vocal style.

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In 2003, being determined to follow his dreams, Charles found himself in Detroit standing in line at the auditions of Fox’s American Idol. The second season was gearing up as nearly 70,000 contestants auditioned with the hopes of becoming the next great superstar. Charles excelled amidst the contest pressures in Hollywood and stepped up his game. He took center stage and belted out a flawless rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” The performance garnered him the most votes from the viewers, securing him as the first of the twelve finalists.


Ziggy Gonzalez (Founder of Cityboyz Music Ltd.) discovered Grigsby at a New York release party in 2005.

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