The year 2021 has been blessed for East Texas country music star Curtis Grimes with five singles from his upcoming album reaching # 1 on the Texas Country charts.

The entire album is released on July 30, and Grimes took a moment between shows on the road to talk about his music, writing, and inspiration.

“Honestly, nothing is guaranteed. Just because you have a # 1 song or a Top 10 song that the radio will play the next one,” Grimes said. “So I’m leaving the position that I put on songs that I love, or I think I’ll do on the radio, and I hope they keep playing them and I’m thankful when they do. start rolling out # 1, you set the standard high … I don’t take it for granted when we do. “

The five songs that have reached number 1 are “River Road Dream”, “Steel”, “Little Bit”, “Still a Little Country Left” and most recently, “Friends”.

Grimes released a song, “Irresponsible” which talks about his wild days growing up in East Texas. He jokes that the song is 100% accurate. He had another hit, “Where I’m Standing.”

Armed with a collection of songs, it has over 50 million digital streams and has sold over 100,000 albums. What makes his recent hit and # 1 hit streak so impressive is that he stays true to classic country music while adding faith-based values ​​to his lyrics.

“The songs are more positive, based on faith, good things that will uplift people, not something that will send them down a path that will be detrimental,” Grimes explained. “There aren’t a lot of people doing that. We play it all. I have a clean, family-friendly show. It doesn’t matter where we play. I share my testimony and direct them to Jesus and maximize my potential more than one. simple personal gain. “

It’s very common for Grimes to perform sold-out shows across the country on a Friday and Saturday night and then show up at the local church on Sunday to perform again.

Grimes also has fans singing his lyrics to him as he performs.

“It’s pretty awesome, and it’s even more awesome when you’re out of state, you’re far from where you think you hit the show,” Grimes said. “When that happens, it’s pretty surreal.”

Grimes grew up in Gilmer and attended high school in Harmony. He was a statewide baseball pitcher, which earned him a scholarship to Centenary College in Shreveport. However, he said he left school for a girl, but eventually his passion became music.

“I grew up playing baseball. I was just a fan of the Texas country music scene. My college roommate had a guitar, so I started to touch the music scene,” Grimes said. “It took me a while before I could play guitar and sing. Then you start to hire people who know how to play other instruments!

Grimes said his influences were Alan Jackson and George Strait and that he was known nationally for appearing on “The Voice” TV show in 2011 when he was a finalist while working with CeeLo Green.

“When I think of country music, I think of the ’90s,” he said.

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