DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - A now nationally known singer and guitarist is back home in South Mississippi to make good on a promise he made to his beloved grandparents.
If he won the million dollar prize on the NBC show America's Got Talent, Hancock County native Michael Grimm said he would propose to his girlfriend and build his grandparents, who lost their house in Hurricane Katrina, a brand new home.
Taxes and network show fees took a portion of the prize. But in the end, he was able to give his fiancee a fantasy wedding in Hawaii and his grandparents a beautiful new home in Diamondhead.
"Pretty much the house is finished, we're moving her in right now," Grimm said.
His grandparents, Laura and Thomas Butters said, "It's gorgeous, yes it is beautiful!"
Laura Butters said her grandson was always talented, but his greatest gift was his kindness.
"Always was a good child when he was growing up, yes... He was a good boy."
Michael and his wife, Lucie, have made several trips from Las Vegas to oversee construction.
"It's been a long time coming getting this house finished," Grimm said.
It's been a long time for the Butters too, who've been displaced from Hancock County since Katrina.
"This has been a long journey. We've been in Picayune, in Pearl River County five years. August will be five years. I'm glad to be back home."
And it's a home like she's never had before. The 1,600 square foot home in Diamondhead has hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, fireplace, automatic sprinklers and soon to be landscaped yard. The Butters didn't have much, but always showered Michael with love and a belief in his incredible, natural talent.
"Without their encouragement, I definitely wouldn't be doing what I'm doing," Grimm said. "It makes me feel real good that they're never going to pay a house note again, so I'm very excited."
His grandmother is also excited about something else she's never had before: a big Jacuzzi tub.
"I'm gonna get in the big tub and I'm gonna relax," she said with a smile.
With a hug and a kiss and lots of "thank-you's," Michael Grimm handed his grandparents the keys to their brand new home.
He said he's extremely grateful for his experience on America's Got Talent and to all of his loyal fans. Be on the lookout for several new Michael Grimm songs to be released soon.