LOVESTRONG Christina Perri
Who is she?
A petite, tattooed ball of energy with an engaging smile, she has always embraced life to the fullest. Her adventures have included touring the world as an assistant to a rock band, spending a year at a prestigious university, producing popular music videos, making olive oil in Italy, and even serving as a fashionista barrista in Beverly Hills.
Birth Name: Christina Judith Perri
Date of Birth: August 19th,1986
How did she get started?
In July 2010, a struggling singersongwriter and musician named Christina Perri had a life-changing moment when she was asked to perform a song she had written, a defiant break-up anthem called “Jar of Hearts,” on the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance. The raw, emotional quality of her performance connected with viewers and catapulted the 24-year-old Philadelphia native into the public eye. “Jar of Hearts” went on to sell a million downloads and land Perri, who was then supporting herself as a cafÃ© manager in Beverly Hills, a deal with Atlantic Records. “Jar of Hearts” is just one of 12 brutally honest gems that Christina unveils on her debut album lovestrong, a title she says reflects how her heart feels today.
Christina lays herself bare on lovestrong, using her soaring, bittersweet voice and expressive piano playing to sketch out her stories. Some, like “Penguin” and “Arms,” are happy and hopeful, some, like “Bang BangBang” and “Mine,” are fun and playful, and others, like “The Lonely” and “Jar of Hearts,” are downright wrenching. The common thread? “They’re all songs I felt I needed to give away,” she says. “I have been writing songs since I was 15, so I reached into my arsenal and picked the ones I felt others should hear. My intention for my music is pretty simple: I want to make people feel less broken and alone.”
Christina sets lovestrong’s hopeful tone with the second single “Arms,” a towering acoustic-guitar driven tune that builds to an urgent crescendo as its tale of the fight between the heart and the mind unfolds. “Your heart wants to be loved, but your head is telling you that you shouldn’t be with that person,” Perri says. “The song is about that struggle and finally giving in and letting love win.”
Christina had actually been preparing for her big moment since she was a child. The daughter of hairdressers -whom she describes as “not musical, though my mom can whistle in many octaves”-, Christina first sang in public at her Holy Communion at age six. Piano lessons began at age 8, but her piano teacher “fired” her -as she puts it-, because “I would change the endings to the songs when I didn’t like the way they were written.” Eventually, she picked up a guitar and taught herself to play. She was in London working as a gofer for her brother’s band Silvertide when she got word that she had been accepted to Philadelphia’s prestigious University of the Arts with a sizeable scholarship. She attended for a year, but took a leave of absence to visit her father’s extensive family in Italy. “I was 19 and I needed to soul search,” she says. “I was still writing music, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.”
Still searching, Christina Perri moved to Los Angeles with a suitcase and a guitar and recommitted herself to being a singer and a songwriter. She posted YouTube videos of herself performing her own songs, as well as covers, and shared her struggles in her uniquely humorous way. A video of one of her original compositions, “Tragedy” (which is included on lovestrong.), caught the attention of Bill Silva Management, who signed on to represent her. And so began Perri’s charmed odyssey.