Michael Grimm played a four-song set at his alma mater this morning, welcomed by an enthusiastic throng of 1,300 students.
Grimm, who won "America's Got Talent" earlier this year, played at Hancock High School in advance of tonight's concert at the Hancock County Multipurpose Center arena to help raise money for tourism in the county.
Tickets are $20 at the door tonight. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Grimm told the students that he and fiancee Lucie Zolcerova will marry on June 1, 2011, in Hawaii. He said they chose the island state because that's where they fell in love.
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Students created signs, stomped their feet and clapped their hands as Grimm performed "You Don't Know Me," and original, "I Am," "Love and Happiness" and the song he sang on the finals of "America's Got Talent," "You Can Leave Your Hat On."
The concert tonight will feature much the same style of music, which Grimm characterizes as Southern soul and traditional country.
"That's who I am," he said.
Grimm was welcomed to Hancock High by Principal Rhett Ladner, who presented the singer with a Hawks jacket.
He told the Sun Herald that blueprints have been drawn up for his grandparents' new home and they are looking for land to build on to bring them back to Hancock County.
He also told students he is creating a charitable foundation, the Fedora Nation, to help South Mississippians in need.
Read more about Grimm and his concert in Saturday's Sun Herald.