The 40th annual FireAnt Festival Committee is proud to announce a musical addition that will culminate this year’s festival. A concert headlined by well-known Texas Country Music artist Curtis Grimes is scheduled at historic Memorial City Hall.
Grimes is an East Texas Baptist University graduate with deep ties to Marshall. He often returns to campus to perform or speak during chapel services.
With over 50 million digital streams, more than 100,000 albums sold, fifteen #1 singles on the Texas music charts and a #1 song on the national Power Source Christian Country Music Chart, Grimes has proven to be a force in the country music and Christian country music industries that can’t be denied.
To hear Grimes sing is to take a trip through the heart of country music. A Gilmer native, he was raised on a steady diet of Alan Jackson and George Strait. He possesses the everyman charm of both influences and a refreshingly mature voice that truly stands out. In 2011, Grimes earned the opportunity to appear on the hit reality TV show “The Voice.” Under direction of coach CeeLo Green, he ended up finishing as a coveted Top 8 finalist of Season One.
Following the show’s success, Grimes hit the ground running and released new music while performing shows across the United States. In 2014, Grimes and his hit single “Home to Me” were picked up by the salon chain “Supercuts” and placed in the mainstream spotlight. Not only was the song featured across the country, but Grimes also got to put on his acting boots and star in the national television commercial. That same year Grimes started to see his hard work pay off when he was awarded “New Male Vocalist of the Year” at the annual Texas Regional Radio Awards.
In 2019, Grimes was named “Entertainer of the Year” at the TCMA Awards Show hosted by the Texas Country Music Association. He also received the honor of “Christian Country Song of the Year” for the second year in a row! In 2020, Grimes took home the “Christian Country Artist of Year” award along with “Country Single of the Year” for “River Road Dream,” a song co-written with Trent Willmon. In 2022, he is again nominated for the TCMA’s “Christian Country Artist of the Year” award. The TCMA Awards Show will be held Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Billy Bob’s in the Ft. Worth Stockyards.
Grimes is known for his performance versatility. He sells out honky-tonks and dance halls such as the famed Gruene Hall and also feels at home playing to standing-room-only crowds in church settings.
Following the success of his latest Texas radio hits, “Noah Built a Boat,” and “It Ain’t Worth the Heartache,” last week Grimes released a new song to Texas radio, “Miles Don’t Matter.”
Grimes will perform at Memorial City Hall during FireAnt Festival on October 8, 2022. Pepper Holt, a talented local country music artist, will open the show. Doors open at 6 pm and the music will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the show are only $15 and will be available at www.memorialcityhall.com or the box office the night of the show.