HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County man who won the latest season of America's Got Talent is back home this weekend. Michael Grimm has been on a whirlwind tour since winning the top prize on the popular TV show. His Friday night show is part of a weekend of entertainment designed to draw tourists to the coast following the BP oil spill.
Friday morning, Grimm entertained students at his alma mater, Hancock High School. He last performed there 13 years ago.
"That was my biggest gig for many, many years playing in front of that many people," Grimm remembered. His audiences are much bigger these days, since the entire nation watched him take the spotlight on America's Got Talent.
"I still can't believe it, Al. It's amazing. I'm sitting in here with you guys, this is unbelievable. It's sort of like an out of body experience this whole journey I've been on."
He said his first journey home since winning the TV talent show has been rewarding.
"I am so excited to come back home. I don't get to come here too often, I've been in Vegas for ten years," Grimm said. "I love being from here and I love representing Mississippi and South Mississippi. This area, not only is this where I'm from, I miss the food. Really miss the food," Grimm said with a laugh.
He also misses his family. He's sharing his success with his grandparents who raised him, making good on a promise to get them out of their temporary post-Katrina trailer and into a brand new home.
"While I was on tour, I've been having the blueprints made up for my grandmother's house. It's going to be a gorgeous house with all kinds of wonderful upgrades that's going to help her out with her physical condition. I'm just happy I'm able to get this house for her. On top of that, I want to throw some money toward the community, maybe open a park or whatever the community would like to do with me."
He proudly signed a mural students painted of famous Mississippians, and was a bit humbled to be alongside them.
"Since the tour, I really haven't slowed down to think about it too much. If I step back and look at it, it has changed dramatically, as you all can see. I'm just very blessed to be where I am right now."
Grimm said he is in the process of signing a contract with a major record label. He hopes to release his new album next year.