Curtis Grimes was a young man with brilliant prospects when he arrived at Centenary College of Louisiana on a scholarship for baseball as a pitcher. After a childhood filled with baseball, signing early and going to state his junior year, one would confidently assume how his current career resume would read. But here is what it actually says. Fourteen #1 hit singles on the Texas Radio Charts, a #1 hit song on the Power Source Country Christian Chart, a #1 album on iTunes, over 50 million streams on Spotify, and awards that have been piling up over the years including: “New Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Entertainer of the Year” and “Country Christian Song of the Year,” twice, at the Texas Country Music Awards. Add to that a hit single placed in a national Supercuts commercial campaign, a feature on The 700 Club, and a residency in the Top 5 on the Texas Music Pickers Spotify chart (beating out artists like Aaron Watson), and it‘s all rather amazing that at one time baseball was all that mattered; music was not even in the picture.
Born and raised in Gilmer, Texas, Grimes grew up in church or running through the pines of East Texas and also happened to excel athletically. His baseball scholarship landed him in Shreveport, but he moved down to San Marcos the following year, one of the many little towns in Texas that is wealthy in Texas music riches. It was during his time in San Marcos that he was introduced to the music stylings of Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, and that specific influence sparked a creative wire in his brain. He started messing around with his guitar and spent many nights in the audience at live shows. He eventually moved on to more studies at Texas State and by this time Grimes was playing some acoustic shows, small gigs and sorority house parties. The night that would put him on the music path for good came in 2008 when he won a battle of the bands contest at Stubbs in Austin. The prize? A 15 minute opening spot for the Kenny Chesney/LeAnn Rimes tour. It was a done deal after that; another music marvel was born. He immediately released his first album “Lonely River” and started performing regionally.
Word about this young gun traveled all the way to Nashville at warp speed garnering the attention of Robert Filhart, the creative director of ASCAP who introduced Grimes to Trent Willmon who would go on to produce every album Grimes would ever release. A national booking agency, management and publishing deal soon followed suit. In 2012 he released “Live From The Parish” and the hit single “Home To Me” was picked up by Supercuts for a national commercial spot with a cameo acting performance by Grimes to boot. His first “real deal” studio album “Our Side Of The Fence” in 2014 brought Grimes his first #1 hit single in Texas with “The Cowboy Kind.” Since then he has roped in fourteen #1 hit singles to date.
In a very serendipitous twist, “Born To Die” hit the #1 spot on the National Power Source Christian Country Chart, an accomplishment that Grimes to this day considers one his greatest. In 2018, Grimes released “Faith Based Country Volume 1”, a gospel album proudly baptized in that traditional country sound. All of the sales and other revenue streams from the album directly support Ten Finger Ministry, a mission Grimes started in 2017 in honor of his Granddaddy. His passion to spread the gospel doesn’t stop with his music, rather his music is the vehicle. Grimes proudly distributes Bibles through his ministry and is currently in pursuit of a master’s degree in Christian ministry at East Texas Baptist University. “This is a great passion for me now. When I first got into music, it was as a fan, to play and to party. Now it’s to use this as a platform to record positive country music, to shine some light in some dark places.” And the music continues.
In the fall of 2021 Grimes released a self-titled album that debuted # 1 on the iTunes Christian Charts. The success of the album led to him being the featured subject of an episode of the hit cable network show ‘The 700 Club’. At the end of the day I still feel like the same dude that was a fan of Texas country trying to sing Wade and Randy songs. I just won a couple of awards and have had a few #1 hit songs.”