YouTube has played a vital role in shaping the careers of many successful artists, including Cimorelli. The six-piece girl group has made a name for itself over the past six years, and they are best known for their unique a cappella renditions of popular songs.
The six talented Cimorelli girls — Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani Cimorelli — have released four EPs to date. Their latest EP Made in America debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album chart with the album's lead single "Made in America" soaring up music charts globally.
It's amazing to see how far the girls have come — I first came across a video of theirs back in 2008 and it was love at first listen. In 2010, Cimorelli signed to Universal Music's Island Records, which also oversees the careers of world-renowned acts such as Justin Bieber and Jessie J. With more than 2,000,000 subscribers on YouTube, 400,000 followers on Twitter and more than 900,000 fans on Facebook, Cimorelli have earned the recognition they deserve for their outstanding talents!
The group took some time off to talk to Musichel about their success, Made in America, what's to come and one of their favourite bands, The Click Five. Watch out for these young stars as they prepare to wow the world with their forthcoming debut album!
Cimorelli shot to fame through YouTube. Did you ever imagine you would achieve so much success with the band back when you first started posting covers on YouTube?
We had hoped for it! Before we started on YouTube, we had been a band for 2 years, and we played lots of gigs with Christina and Lauren on keyboards, Lisa on drums, Katherine on bass, and Amy on guitar (that was before Dani was in the band). Our older brother also played guitar with us at that time.
Fans miss your acoustic/a cappella covers - will they get to see any of these again soon?
We just did an a cappella cover, so look out for that soon!
[Editor's note: The cover has been posted on YouTube — it is an a cappella cover of "Royals" by Lorde.]
What's your favourite song to perform off the new Made in America EP?
We all have our own favourites, but we all love "Made in America"!
We hear that you're big fans of former Click Five frontman Kyle Patrick — are there any plans for Cimorelli to work with him?
We love The Click Five! We used to go to all of their concerts whenever they would come to town. There are no plans to work with them at the moment, but that would be fun!
What are some pros and cons of being in a band with your sisters?
We have an open line of communication, as in, we can be very honest with each other in our writing. If we don’t like something someone comes up with, we’re not afraid to say something for fear of hurting their feelings. That’s not always true when working with people outside the family. A con might be that we’re always together, but we are all best friends as well as sisters, so it’s not really a downside.
What are Cimorelli's plans for the remainder of 2013?
Lots of writing and working on the album, along with some concerts in the US!
How is the process of recording a cover video like for you guys?
It’s different for every video, but generally, we pick the song and split up the leads, then we come up with the harmonies. If it’s going to be a live video, then we rehearse it a lot for a few days, and then film it in our house. If it’s a more produced video, then we record it and make a plan for the filming of it!
What's your favorite thing about the CimFam?
They are all sooo sweet! We seem to attract very thoughtful and intelligent people, and we have such a great time talking to them on social media and meeting them when they come to our concerts.
What kind of tweets from your fans do you like reading most?
We love when people tell us we’ve been a role model to them or that we’ve helped them with a low point in their life through our music or through our advice on Twitter.
"Made in America" has done very well on Singaporean music charts. Do you have a message for your fans in Singapore?
We wanna say that we love you all so much and we hope to come there REALLY soon!
Photo credits: Universal Music Singapore, Cimorelli / Facebook