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