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Sing! It's Christmas

Former “American Idol” contestant and local celebrity Reed Grimm will appear with his mother Colleen Raye (left), sister Sophie Grimm and aunt Debbie O’Keefe Dec. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre.

By Ruth Nerhaugen, contributor

Life hasn’t been the same for Reed Grimm since he appeared last year on “American Idol.”

And he couldn’t be happier about it.

Grimm will be heading out on new adventures after performing with his mother, Colleen Raye, Aunt Debbie O’Keefe and sister Sophie Grimm in a “Girl Singers Christmas Show Experience” Dec. 23 at the Sheldon Theatre.

On New Year’s Eve, instead of performing with the family in a traditional show in Hudson, Wis., Grimm has been invited to entertain the troops in Kuwait.

Soon after that, he’ll be heading out to California with a fellow Ellsworth High School graduate, James Patrick (class of 2001), who has landed a job as head of wedge design for Titlist golf company. Grimm will work on creative projects such as music for online videos and brand aesthetics.

Grimm has been a performer pretty much all his life. He made his stage debut when he was around 2 as a member of the family show developed by his parents, Colleen Raye and the late Steve Grimm.

He doesn’t specifically remember singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Sheldon Theatre that Christmas, but “We have a recording of it” so he knows it’s true.

After graduating from EHS in 2003 he studied at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. For about nine years, Grimm has been lead singer and drummer for the band Shoeless Revolution.

Grimm was an “American Idol” contestant in January-February 2012, appearing on national television several times before getting bounced in the semi-finals. He ended up in a three-way tie for 14th place.

Since then, he said, “Life is wild,” with performances around the country in addition to a steady stream of appearances in the Twin Cities. He also is active in an organization called Massive Amounts of Good, appearing at concerts to raise funds and awareness.

Grimm feels blessed to be able to perform and be with his family at the same time. At the Sheldon concert, he will play drums and sing two solos — Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You Santa Claus?” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Then it’s off to Kuwait and California.

“I don’t know where life is going to go” after that, he said. “Opportunities come, but you never know where they’re going to lead.”