A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
lovestrong. is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri. Following the release of Perri's lead single "Jar of Hearts" and a record deal with Atlantic Records, lovestrong. was released on May 10, 2011. The album received mixed reviews, with critics praising Perri's honeyed vocals but criticizing her serviceable approach towards melodies and the album's wearying focus on love and heartbreak. Many critics compared Perri's voice to Ingrid Michaelson, Natalie Merchant, and a "depressive" Colbie Caillat. The lead single from lovestrong., "Jar of Hearts", was an unexpected success across the United States. After premiering on So You Think You Can Dance, "Jar of Hearts" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #17 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. The album's second single, "Arms", didn't find as much success on the charts, but was critically acclaimed for its happier tone and divulging music video. lovestrong. also saw multiple promotional singles released onto the iTunes store: "The Lonely", "Penguin", "Tragedy", and "Bluebird". Show video tutorial!
About the Artist
Christina Perri (born August 19, 1986) is an American singer and songwriter from Philadelphia. Her song "Jar of Hearts" charted in the United States after it was featured on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. Rolling Stone named her the "Band of the Week" on October 26, 2010. Perri grew up in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia) with her older brother, Nick Perri, who formerly played guitar with Shinedown, Silvertide, Perry Farrell and Matt Sorum. She taught herself how to play guitar as a 16-year-old by watching a videotape of Shannon Hoon from the group Blind Melon performing on VH1. Perri moved to Los Angeles on her 21st birthday. Later that year she got married and began to produce music videos. She divorced 18 months later and moved back to Philadelphia by the end of 2009; during this time she wrote Jar of Hearts. She moved back to Los Angeles; waitressing at the Melrose Cafe during the day and recording at night.