Most musicians need to get a record deal before they're able to release a hit single. Christina Perri found a different way to do it -- by selling hundreds of thousands copies of her first single before landing a deal!
After growing up in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Perri moved to Los Angeles on her 21st birthday. She worked hard to start a career in music, but found challenges both professionally and personally; marrying, divorcing, and moving back to Pennsylvania in less than two years. While home, she wrote a song, "Jar of Hearts," before returning to Los Angeles for a second try.
Upon her return to L.A. in 2010, Perri got in contact with a choreographer on the hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance." As a result, they featured her song in a routine, and it blew up. Perri released the single independently and sold over 100,000 copies in the first two weeks -- landing it on the Billboard Top 40. The song has since been certified platinum.
Following the success of "Jar of Hearts," Perri signed with Atlantic Records.