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Allie Grimes and Julia Kim: A Duet Sensation

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Maryland chapter.

If you haven’t seen Julia Kim and Allie Grime’s cover mashup of Taylor Swift “Blank Space” and “Style” already on Facebook, then you are one of a few. Their video has been viewed over 9 thousand times by people all over the place. Their seemingly effortless and beautiful harmonies catch the attention of anyone scrolling through their timeline.

Don’t be fooled either, they don’t record these covers in a studio, or anywhere with fancy equipment, their most recent cover was recorded from a laptop one of the hallways where they live.

The duo is comprised of Allie, a junior psychology and CCJS major, and Julia, a sophomore GVPT and broadcast journalism major. So how did these two come to be basically famous?

I sat down to talk with them about their experience and how their music came to be. The full video can be found at the bottom of this article.

So for starters, how did you two meet?

We met from being on the same club volleyball team, then became closer through joining ZTA.

How did you guys come to realize that your voices would sound good together?

We somehow found out that each other sang in high school, then decided to have a jam session one weeknight at my apartment! We just played around with a few songs for fun, then decided, “let’s make a cover.”

What was the first song you sang together?

We can’t remember the first song we sang, but the first cover we made was to the country song “Hell on Heels” by Pistol Annies.

How long does it take you guys to put a song together?

It takes about a few times through a song to decide which harmonies we like, and how to split up the verses and such.

Do you have a favorite duet you’ve done? If so, what song/mashup was it?

[Julia’s] personal favorite is definitely the most recent cover we did, the Taylor Swift mash-up between Style and Blank Space! If not that one, then “Landslide” by the Dixie Chicks is fun, too.

How did you come up with your recent mashup?

We basically did a spin-off of another couple who did the original mash-up. After being inspired by their video, we decided to give it a try and then added in our own melodies here and there.

Your recent mashup on Facebook has 9.3 thousand views, how does it feel to be famous?

[Laughing] I honestly didn’t think it was gonna draw that much attention. It’s awesome that we get to share music on such a public platform and for 9+ thousand people to have seen and heard us…it is pretty awesome. It’s sweet that something just videotaped on the floor of our hallway reached so many people, and everyone was so supportive!

This video was not the first duet cover they have made, and it is [hopefully] not their last!

As for right now, they aren’t divulging about their next song yet, so we will have to be on the lookout for their next cover.

The video can be found here.

Julia Bryant is a Freshman Multi-Platform Journalism Major in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland with plans to double major in French studies. She is also an avid member of both the Club Swim Team and Maryland Triathlon Team. She hopes to one day work for National Public Radio as a political correspondent! 
My name is Meghan Moriarty. I am one of the editor-in-chief's of Her Campus Maryland.