PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - He's wowed the nation with his raspy soulful sound. Michael Grimm's grandparents, Laura and Thomas Butters, say his talent began developing at a very early age.
"When he was five years old, he started, and he had a guitar bigger than him. And I knew he had a voice then," Laura said.
By the age of 11, they say Grimm had taught himself to play guitar and keyboard.
"He'd have all the neighbors' kids and grand kids over. He'd get on the porch, and they'd get off of the porch and that was his stage," Laura said. "And he'd get up there and sing to them, and they'd all clap. And I walked out, and he'd say, 'Grand mama, I'm going to be a star one day!' I'd say, 'Sure, Michael.' And he proved it; he's going to be a super star."
As a teenager, Grimm performed at several local night spots before moving to Las Vegas in his early 20's.
"The best I can put it into a shell, it's a God given talent that Michael Grimm has," Laura said.
"We're looking for him to go all the way," Thomas said.
They say he's a winner even if he doesn't come in first place. They say they believe the National exposure he's already received will be enough to launch his career to super-stardom.
"If he don't win this, he's still going to go all the way, yes. He's got some stiff competition, and if he doesn't, he still have received a lot of offers already, Thomas said.
For now, they are keeping their fingers crossed that America will realize what they already know, Michael Grimm has got Talent. Winning the show comes with a one million dollar prize.
Grimm's Grandparents say Michael has promised them he would buy them a new house in Hancock County.
The couple lost their home in Bayside Park in hurricane Katrina and are now living in a mobile home in Pearl River County.