The younger sister of guitarist Nick Perri (founder member of Silvertide who subsequently played with Perry Farrell, Shinedown and the Darling Stilettos with Matt Sorum) singer/songwriter Christina Judith Perri took piano lessons as a child, performed in musical theatre and taught herself to play the guitar when she was a teenager. Her early twenties found her relocating to Los Angeles, getting married, moving to Florida, getting divorced, moving back to Philadelphia and then to L.A. again. The whole time she was writing songs and while working in a restaurant; her track 'Jar Of Hearts' was used for one of the dance routines on the Fox TV talent competition So You Think You Can Dance in June 2010. The song was an instant hit, selling more than two hundred thousand copies in a matter of days and two weeks later she was invited to perform it live on the show which in turn resulted in her being offered a deal with Atlantic Records and the song becoming a multi-platinum success, peaking at No 17 in the USA and No 4 in the UK. A few months later Perri released the EP The Ocean Way Sessions which featured five tracks (including 'Jar Of Hearts'), recorded live at Ocean Way Studios on Sunset Boulevard.
With producer Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, Tori Amos, Counting Crows) on board the singer/songwriter released her debut album Lovestrong in May 2011 that became a huge international hit debuting at No 4 and No 9 in the USA and UK respectively. Featuring twelve tracks, four composed by Perri alone and the rest co-written by her with other songwriters including four with David Hodges (former member of Evanescence), one with her brother Nick and one with Greg Kurstin (former member of Geggy Tah and co-writer and producer of hits for Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson and Pink). Later that year she composed the track 'A Thousand Years' featured in the movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and on the attendant soundtrack album. While the song peaked at No 31 in the USA (where it would subsequently sell in excess of three and a half million copies) it was a much bigger hit around the World, hitting the Top 20 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Perri also re-recorded the song the following year as 'A Thousand Years (Part 2)' as a duet with actor Steve Kazee for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Her only release between the two versions of the song was a duet with Jason Mraz on the song 'Distance' which failed to enter the mainstream charts. Around the same time she also released her second EP, the six track seasonal A Very Merry Perri Christmas which aside from the sole original song 'Something About December' also contained the festive favourites 'Merry Christmas Darling', 'Please Come Home For Christmas', 'Ave Maria', 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' and 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'.
Throughout 2013 Perri worked on her second album, the first track to emerge was the single 'Human' which peaked at No 31 in the USA and debuted at No 11 in the UK. With the majority of the tracks produced by Jake Gosling (One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith) the album Head Or Heart was released in April 2014 and once again featuring songs either written or co-written by Perri included a duet with Ed Sheeran on the song 'Be My Forever'. While still at a relatively early stage of her career Christina Perri has already proved herself to be a gifted singer with a very individual and distinctive voice while her personal (mainly love) songs show a vulnerability and an ability to either dig deep into her own emotions or easily put herself into character roles. Although her lyrics may be relatively unsophisticated she does have a particular knack for tapping into the universal feeling of hurt and angst that comes with a broken heart. She demonstrates this on songs such as 'Jar Of Hearts' - "And who do you think you are" Runnin' 'round leaving scars, Collecting your jar of hearts, And tearing love apart, You're gonna catch a cold, From the ice inside your soul, So don't come back for me, Who do you think you are"" Very cleverly she is also unafraid to be honest in using her own professional situation as a lyrical device on 'Sad Song' (also from her debut album) - "Today I'm gonna write a sad song, I'm gonna make it really long, So that everyone can see, That I'm very unhappy." If Perri can evolve her songs beyond simple piano lead big love ballads and the associated melancholy and despair, she has everything else - the voice, image and musical talent needed for her to establish a significant and enduring career.
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