Search for “Cimorelli” on YouTube and you will find a band of 6 sisters who have amassed more than 500 million YouTube hits and gained more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, putting smiles on the faces of every fan along the way. They are a phenomena that has dominated not only America but every other major territory worldwide too. The group consists of Christina (22), Katherine (20), Lisa (19), Amy (17), Lauren (14), and Dani (12). The girls are all musicians and write their own songs; talents which impressed executives at Universal Records, who signed Cimorelli in 2010.
“We all love different styles of music, everything from R&B and hip-hop, to country, to indie rock and ’80s synth-pop, which gives our music a unique edge,” says Lisa. “But as a group, we’re strongly influenced by The Jackson 5, The Beach Boys, and Stevie Wonder — classic artists who’ve inspired us to write, sing, and perform at the highest level possible.”
It’s not surprising that the Cimorelli sisters have high musical aspirations. Raised along with their five brothers in Sacramento, CA, each member of the group was introduced to music between the ages of two and four by their mother, Lynne — a college music major, composer, and former choir director who taught the girls classical piano, three-part barbershop harmonizing, and vocal jazz. In 2002, Christina, Katherine, and Lisa began to perform locally and recruited Amy and Lauren as they became old enough to join the group. The girls did musical theater, appearing in several productions while immersing themselves in dance, acting, and instrument lessons. (Christina and Lauren play keyboards, Amy plays rhythm guitar, Katherine plays bass, and Lisa plays the drums.) In 2007, the oldest five girls launched Cimorelli as a vocal group. “We’d been singing together since we were young, so it felt natural to make it official,” says Katherine, who along with Christina and Lisa studied music theory in college. The girls focused on sharpening their songwriting skills and released a self-titled album in December 2008. Around this time, they began to notice the growing number of videos popping up on YouTube of young people performing covers of their favorite songs. In August 2009, Cimorelli posted a clip of themselves singing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.” The girls’ upbeat energy caught the attention of thousands of fans, who began to flock to their YouTube channel, including a 13-year-old girl in London whose mother happened to be a well-connected music manager. Turn First Artists CEO Sarah Stennett, who also represents songwriting starlet Ellie Goulding, Jay Z protégé and superstar Rita Ora and teen pop sensation Conor Maynard, signed on immediately and engineered Cimorelli a deal with Universal Records. Ten-year-old spotlight-stealer Dani officially joined the group in the summer of of 2010 and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Cimorelli’s YouTube Channel, where fans can watch clips of the group performing songs by One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie J, Taylor Swift and Adele, has become a home for millions of people across the globe. The girls debut single ‘Believe It’ is due out in November 2012, with a Christmas E.P of 3 originals and 1 cover due out in December 2012. The long awaited and massively anticipated debut album is due for official release in 2013.