During the summer of 2010, waitress and unsigned songwriter Christina Perri went from obscurity to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts in two short weeks. Perri's brother Nick had found success as the guitarist of Shinedown, but Christina’s own efforts weren’t met with such luck until she managed to contact 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 convinced her to release it independently. Downloaded over 100,000 times during its first two weeks, it cracked the Top 40, and Perri soon inked a record contract with Atlantic. Her debut album Lovestrong followed in May 2011.