HOMETOWN: Philadelphia

INFLUENCES: The Beatles, Beth Hart, Jason Mraz

ALBUM: As yet untitled EP,
due out soon

WEBSITE: christinaperri.com

Christina Perri began singing at a very early age, both in her school choir and for customers in her parents’ barber shop. By 15 she was so devoted to the music of the Beatles that she had the members’ names tattooed permanently on her wrist. Her older brother Nick Perri made his name playing guitar in the band Shinedown, and she picked up the guitar soon after he left home. She began writing songs, and moved to Los Angeles three years ago to pursue a musical career of her own. There she got work singing on songwriting demos and TV commercial jingles. Her big break came in June when her song “Jar of Hearts” was featured on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance—and promptly sold more than 100,000 downloads on iTunes. Labels immediately came knocking, and she signed with Atlantic Records on July 21.

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