Artist of the Week: Cimorelli

Posted on August 21, 2012 by

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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Fun facts:

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.

Notable lyrics:

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

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