Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Cimorelli, a girl group from Sacramento, California.
Cimorelli, pronounced sim-or-ELL-ee, is a group of six singing sisters who are as talented as they are adorable. Ranging in age from 12 to 21, the ladies combine their love of R&B, hip-hop, country and 80s synth pop to create a unique musical sound. Most of their songs are done a capella with occasional instruments. The ladies are currently working on their debut album.
Used in a sentence: “The Cimorelli singing sisters make ordinary siblings seem so unimpressive. They’re basically a modern Von Trapp family.”
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The sisters are part of a big family that includes five brothers — leading to a total of 11 children. Their mother Lynne is a music major, composer and choir director. She began teaching her daughters music between the ages of two and four. She taught them classical piano, three-part barbershop harmonizing and vocal jazz.
The multi-talented females also did musical theatre, immersing themselves in dance and acting. The ladies say The Jackson 5, The Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder influence their musical influence.
2007: The five oldest sisters launched the group and started uploading their covers on YouTube. They received mega attention after uploading an a capella version of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.”
2008: They released their debut, self-titled album, Cimorelli.
2009: They became clients of Sugababes and Jessi J manager Sarah Stennett, leading to a record deal with Universal.
2010: Their youngest sister Dani joined the group.
2011: They released the CimFam EP.
I don’t need a thousand people screaming my name/I don’t need overnight Hollywood fame/I don’t need platinum records up on the wall/I don’t need a Lamborghini in the garage/Oh whoa oh/Those things won’t last forever/Oh whoa oh/What I got is so much better/You and me on a summer night/Park that car, dancing in the headlights/You and I, late night drives/Your hand in mine and all your time