‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Changes Christina Perri’s Life

17 Jul

Here’s another reason why I love So You Think You Can Dance: it can change more than a dancer’s life.

A couple of weeks ago, choreographer Stacey Tookey used a little known song called “Jar of Hearts” for a contemporary routine featuring Billy Bell and Kathryn McCormick. The song, according to Yahoo’s Reality Rocks blog, was by Christina Perri, a struggling L.A. Artist who was waiting tables at the Melrose Place Cafe.

Somehow her demo made it’s way to Tookey, and suddenly Perri was thrust into the spotlight and has become an instant sensation, hitting number 13 on iTunes, number 23 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 54 on Canada’s single chart, number 10 on Amazon’s digital singles chart, and number 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers countdown, and has sold more than 100,000 copies. Here is the most amazing thing: she did this all without a record deal.

As a thank you, Perri agreed to perform the week after on the results show.

Now that is one amazing story. I’ve always loved some of the music the choreographers use (Elisa’s “Dancing” still gives me chills.) and it’s great to hear someone get recognized in such an unusual way. Take a look below and share your thoughts.

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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in So You Think You Can Dance


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