Christina Grimmie: Remembering Her Best Performances on The Voice

Words can’t accurately convey the horror and heartbreak of The Voice alum Christina Grimmie‘s senseless shooting death Friday night while signing autographs after a concert in Florida.

The world lost a creative, charismatic, ridiculously talented artist who had decades of musical memory-making in front of her. Even worse, Grimmie’s friends and family now have to contemplate a future without the bubbly, driven and by-all-accounts infectiously positive 22-year-old in their lives.

Thirty-six hours after the tragedy occurred, there’s still no making sense of it. I suspect there’ll never never any making sense of it.

For those of us who enjoyed Grimmie’s Season 6 run, I thought perhaps there’d be a little solace in reliving some of her standout performances. For those of you who aren’t regular Voice watchers, these videos underscore why this particular loss stings so badly.

“Hold On, We’re Going Home” (embedded above) from Top 10 Performance Night
Christina delivered the verse of Drake’s hip-hop track with conversational ease and sweetness of tone, then reached for a series of high notes that displayed a hummingbird-like delicacy and a cheetah-esque swagger (no small accomplishment). An absolutely sublime moment that ranks among the best in Voice history.

“Dark Horse” from Top 12 Performance Night
The opening verses actually improved on Katy Perry’s original, and by the time Christina reached that earworm chorus, it was as if her voice had blown-up — Hulk-style — into something bigger, badder and more ferocious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNNqSf2sxKw

“How to Love” from Top 8 Performance Night
Christina’s confidence in opening up the song’s range — and her ability to master everything from lilting high notes to fleet, twisty wordplay — made her a major force in the competition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5hfi_QZuQ4

“Fine Me” (a pre-Voice original)
A devastatingly pretty reminder of Grimmie’s natural talent and originality. Almost too painful to watch given this weekend’s tragedy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yWGE-fsBNA

Do you have any favorite memories of Christina Grimmie during, before or after her Voice run? Share them in the comments.

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12 Comments
  1. Amy says:

    This is one of the more emotional articles about Christina, so thank you. You summed up my feelings. I rewatched her Wrecking Ball audition today. Still amazing but seeing her family so excited after the chair turns was heart breaking considering their loss now.

  2. CJ says:

    Thank you for posting these. I’m still in shock over her senseless murder. She grew up in my area and we had a lot of people in common. While I didn’t know her personally, she was one of those people that if you knew her, you loved her. She was, by all accounts, incredibly kind, loving, and gracious. My heart is so broken for her family and friends.

  3. JVee says:

    So very sad about this. Really broke my heart to see Christina’s parents during the Drake song. My heart goes out to them and all the people who loved her.

  4. CLS says:

    I think my favorite will always be her ‘Just A Dream’ cover with Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider.

  5. Christian says:

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of Christina. Especially Bria Kelly (her best friend). Looking at her tweets she seemed to be VERY heartbroken and angry about the events.

  6. Cagney says:

    So incredibly sad about this senseless loss.
    I really loved her duet with Ed Sheerin during the finale. I don’t remember the name of it but it was very pretty.

  7. Amy says:

    It is painful to watch and see her parents in the videos. A young, promising, beautiful life, just snuffed out senselessly…heartbreaking. Beautiful voice and spirit. R.I.P.

  8. Smokey says:

    Thanks to Michael for adding the song clips and the comments for Christina. And true, there are not enough words to convey the compassionate feeling many of us feel, for her family, good friends and also her fans who adored her. May God truly bless you Christina, you will always be in our hearts.

  9. JenD says:

    She was special, I wish she had won her season. I listen to “Hold On We’re Going Home” daily. I’ve been rooting for Grimmie to get out of those Kohl’s ads and go on to what she was meant for. Her killing breaks my heart, but I know it’s nothing compared to loss and trauma felt by her family, her brave brother, her friends. Thank you MS for this.

  10. Jaszy says:

    This is real, but yet, I am still in shock. It just can’t be real. I was such a huge fan of Christina Grimmie, especially on the Voice. I knew of her before and watched a couple of her Youtube videos, but I fell in love with her on the Voice. I vividly remember staying up all night just to comment on Voice blogs about how wonderful she was and knocking back every hater who dared speak ill of her.
    It’s weird, though I never knew her, the world feels just a little bit different now. I’m just thinking about her family and friends and the people that knew her; if this is how we feel as fans, then her immediately family and friends have GOT to be feeling it! I can’t imagine.
    Her song “With Love” will always be one of my favorite songs of all time. It was actually my top song of 2014 on Spotify, I listened to it so much!
    I can barely look at any of her videos or hear any of her songs now…wow…just can’t believe it.
    Man, she’s going to be missed. She will be loved.

  11. davmon says:

    When dreadful events like these two over the weekend in Orlando happen, one can feel overwhelmed–and just so sad. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. Just a wake of pain–or even despair. We struggle to do what we must…to celebrate these vibrant lives of such promise, that of dear Christina and those of the scores of Pulse victims in the LGBT club, who were shot down while living in joy and peace. So hard, when we feel so sad! May their sacrifices somehow lift us to something better and greater as a people and culture going forward!….Around the edges of the black holes left us, there may begin to be glimmers of light and possible truths. That our pervasive fixation on pseudo-reality and celebrity is likely a distraction from the uglier horrors in our world. That too many of us allow this distraction to seem too real and become possessive or proprietary about the lives of certain people, themselves struggling with their fame & celebrity–becoming a subculture of low-level stalkers. Within that subculture are numerous unstable people who take stalking to disturbing levels. Infrequently, probably due to some upset in life, a few such persons unhinge altogether and take their possessiveness to the point of taking a life. As with John Lennon (age 40 in 1980), Rebecca Schaeffer (age 21 in 1989), Selena (age 23 in 1995), and now Christina Grimmie (age 22 in 2016)….The larger black hole, the other Orlando tragedy, suggests that perhaps our TVs and array of social media have distracted or disengaged us too much from the real news. Which is,that we are engaged in a wide-spread culture war in this so-called 21st Century. Our culture is under serious sustained attack….From without: By traditional cultures, especially in areas of the world under sway of fundamentalist Islam and particularly in areas religiously-controlled or heavily funded by Salafi or Wahhabi interests–areas which produce young men & women schooled in Wahhabism and resurgent sharia law, directed to oppose westernization, and sometimes trained in jihadism against Western interests and culture….And from within, in two variants: 1) Where some smattering of westerners–so far, few Americans–and usually Muslim, who radicalize in cyberspace and act most often as a lone wolf, but occasionally in tandem (brothers, husband-wife, etc.) and least often in an organized cell–to commit terrorist attacks to intimidate us into retreating from those parts of the world where they wish for their brand of fundamentalism to dominate and thereby steadily diminish our perceived political and cultural hegemony….2) Wherein some right-wing political and religious-fundamentalist types are freaked by our democratic pluralism and its demographic paradigm shift; they keep up unrelenting attacks on that same culture of ours, attacked by the Wahhabi-schooled jihadis, but from perceptions both similar and dissimilar; they are disturbed that our culture is not static and stuck in some imagined “more perfect” time, such as perhaps the early 1950s post-war prosperity, controlled by powerful men in corporate board rooms, the country club, and the chamber of commerce–pre-Civil Rights era, pre-Vietnam, pre-feminism…when white males had all the good jobs and all the power …never mind, the McCarthy Era, threat of nuclear annihilation, and rampant discrimination in jobs & schools & housing–those are the “good old days” they want to return to–and they quake to find themselves inside this careening, multi-hued democracy, ever evolving, ever more diverse, and ever extending rights and freedoms to more of that diversity….The foes of our amazing American experiment are totally opposed and freaked by our first and most prescient of mottos, imparted to us by those most beloved of rascals, our Founding Fathers: E PLURIBUS UNUM….And in the face of such calumny, hate, and fear-mongering directed at our wonderful, embracing culture and nation…may we be resourceful and steady as we meet this struggle together…and remembering Dylan’s inspiring words from Forever Young [edited slightly]..

    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung

    May you…be righteous
    May you…be true
    May you always know the truth
    And see the lights surrounding you
    May you always be courageous
    Stand upright and be strong

    May your hands always be busy
    May your feet always be swift
    May you have a strong foundation
    When the winds of changes shift
    May your heart always be joyful
    And may your song always be sung
    May you stay forever young

    …Yes, we the people, undaunted and unbent, persevering through every incarnation, to keep true on the path for a more perfect union, in all our mystifying and wondrous diversity, offer this culture of ours as a marvelous creation of our common humanity and as a beacon of light to larger humanity wherein we work for enough of comfort and prosperity; yet our habitude is freedom, equality under law, and justice for all; and we aspire to peace, kindness and generosity of spirit.