The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, announces Christina Perri will perform live Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $36.50 and $29.50, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
During the summer of 2010, Perri - a 23-year-old café waitress who had been moonlighting as an unsigned songwriter - went from obscurity to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts in two short weeks. While recording an EP in Los Angeles, she contacted a choreographer from the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Weeks later, one of Perri's piano ballads, "Jar of Hearts," was used in an episode of the show, and public demand for the single led her to release "Jar of Hearts" independently.
More than 100,000 people downloaded the song during its first two weeks, helping it crack the Billboard Top 40. Perri subsequently inked a record contract with Atlantic. The following February, "Jar of Hearts" climbed to platinum status as Perri put the finishing touches on her debut album.
Named as iTunes' "Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011," Perri earned critical applause and an increasingly fervent fan following with her extraordinary debut album "Lovestrong.," highlighted by the four-times-platinum certified smash "Jar of Hearts." Perri followed "Lovestrong." with the RIAA four-times-platinum certified hit single "A Thousand Years," exclusively featured on "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 & 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtracks."
"Human," the first single and Top 10 hit from Perri's new album "Head or Heart," has been certified platinum. The companion video has 26 million views and counting on her YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/lovemspenny.
Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.christinaperri.com.