Right now the sisters in the group Cimorelli feel like a million bucks … perhaps because “Million Bucks,”the title of their first original single, has caught the attention of music lovers on iTunes. It could also have something to do with the fact that their first EP, “The CimFam EP,” charted internationally on iTunes in the Top 25 in several countries, including Germany, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.
Not bad for an EP the girls, who grew up in El Dorado Hills, put out as “a tester,” according to Christina Cimorelli.
“Out of nowhere it just blew up,” she said, noting that their record label had done no promotion of the pop EP, which contains five new studio recordings of covers previously recorded for YouTube by Cimorelli in their home, as selected by the fans, and their original single.
“The CimFam EP,” released on Dec. 4, debuted at No. 6 on iTunes U.S. Pop Chart and No. 22 on the overall iTunes album chart, according to a statement released by Universal Music.
“No one saw that coming,” Christina said, adding that Sirius radio played “Million Bucks” and when the group heard it, “We all flipped out.”
Now the sisters — Christina, 21; Katherine, 19; Lisa, 18; Amy, 16; Lauren, 13; and Dani, 11 — have high hopes for their first full album coming out in 2012.
“Our album will be all original (music),” Dani said.
Cimorelli became an official group in 2007. The Cimorelli family lived in El Dorado Hills for 17 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2010 to help the girls pursue a music career.
“We’ve all been singing together since we were really young,” Christina said. “Our mom (Lynne) taught us how to harmonize.”
“We love singing together,” added Katherine. “Music is in our blood.”
In addition to singing, all six sisters play instruments. They all play piano; Katherine plays bass; Lisa and Dani play drums and Amy plays guitar.
To get the music out there when they started Cimorelli posted music videos on YouTube and at CimorelliMusic.com. The group was “discovered” in 2009 after a well-known music manager’s daughter watched Cimorelli’s video of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.” Today Cimorelli has more than 400,000 YouTube subscribers, 200,000 Facebook fans, 82,000 Twitter followers and the group has spent 15 weeks on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart (No. 27 as of Friday).
“It’s all us and our crazy fans,” Christina said of the group’s success.
Some of those “cray fans” have glowing reviews for Cimorelli and “The CimFam EP.”
“We’ve seen your videos with our teacher at school, and have a dance party right then … kisses from Germany,” lolafaetmax wrote on Cimorelli’s YouTube page.
SoccerMan3198 wrote on iTunes, “I’ve been a Cimorelli fan for a while. And I’ve got to say that they never stop amazing me.”
Cimorelli will tour when the as-yet-untitled album comes out. “We have fans all over the world so we really want to go on a world tour,” Christina said.
Does that include a stop in their hometown?
“We miss our hometown so much,” Lisa said. “We really want to say ‘thank you’ for supporting us.”
That thank you might include a concert at Power Balance Pavilion, she added, exclaiming, “We need to go there!”