To understand Cimorelli and their unique sound, you need to first know that in the Cimorelli household, music is as important as food and water.
Born in the Sacramento area, Christina (18), Katherine (16), Lisa (15), Amy (13), and Lauren (10), all began singing in harmony and playing the piano around the age of 4. The exception was Christina, who climbed up on the bench and started playing the piano by ear at two years old.
The first public performances began when Christina, Katherine, and Lisa joined their church's children’s choir at ages 9, 8, and 6 yrs. old. There they received classical training as they sang in two-part harmony on pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Handel, as well as traditional hymns. Within a couple of years, they began singing three-part barbershop and vocal jazz arrangements as a trio and started performing locally.
In 2002, they started performing in musical theater along with siblings Amy, Alex, and Michael. As Lauren became old enough (five years old), she joined, too. For the next five years, they performed in 3 major productions per year, including such classics as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, 42nd St, and The Wizard of Oz. Christina and Katherine received Elly Awards for Best Supporting Actress in productions of The Wizard of Oz and 42nd St.
Between rehearsals the girls immersed themselves in dance lessons as well as coaching in acting and instrumental lessons, with sports on the side.
In 2007, the girls decided to form "Cimorelli" and put their focus on writing, recording, performing, and making videos.
Older brother Michael (19), who has had a guitar attached to his body since he was eleven, joined the group as lead guitarist. Christina and Lauren play keyboards, Amy plays rhythm guitar, Katherine plays bass, and Lisa plays the drums. Christina is the principal songwriter (although all contribute), and all harmonies are written by Christina and Lisa.
In August 2008, Cimorelli started performing with a streak of 11 performances at the California State Fair.
Can a double jab be just as fun as 5-part harmony? When not on-stage or in the studio, you'll find them boxing. The family owns a franchise of Prime Time Boxing where they train regularly.
What's next for Cimorelli? It’s hard to say. With their positive attitude and relentless drive, not to mention five other siblings waiting in the wings, the sky's the limit.