In Memoriam: Christina Grimmie

The Voice Season 6 finalist and Team Adam member Christina Grimmie died Saturday morning after being shot by an attacker at a meet and greet following her Orlando concert. More information about the tragedy can be found here.

But for now, I’d just like to speak as someone who knew Christina and had the honor of calling her a friend.

Like many people I met Christina when she auditioned for Season 6 of The Voice. I knew immediately that she had talent; she was one of those artists that you knew would be a finalist from their blind audition. But as the live shows came and we got to work together each week I also knew immediately that she was a special person.

She had tremendous energy that would light up the soundstage at Universal Studios Hollywood every time she walked the carpet, and she always seemed so thrilled just to be there. The fact that she was on Team Adam just gave us something else to talk about, as she made me feel like she was as interested to see me as I was to interview her.

Even after Season 6 ended we kept in touch. I’ll never forget the last time that I saw Christina, when The Voice Live on Tour came to San Diego. I was sitting in the second row and it was Christina who saw me. She recognized me instantly and her face lit up with a huge smile. Even though she kept singing I watched as she got the attention of Tessanne Chin and pointed at me. And it went from there, just this wildfire of these artists who still remembered me and were so happy that I’d come out to see them, all because Christina started it.

We caught up with one another after the concert and she was incredibly sweet not just to me, but to everyone who’d come out to see her. She still remembered me years later. It’s people like her that are why I run this blog and do what I do, because they deserve the support and always treated me like part of their family.

Today I don’t know what to do or how to react to the knowledge that she’s no longer with us. It feels like a bad dream. But I’m taking solace in the fact that so many of our Voice family members have come out to rally around Christina. Even people who weren’t part of her season, like Christina Aguilera, Cole Vosbury and Tje Austin, have spoken up last night and today. We always talk about The Voice as a family and today we’re showing that we absolutely are, even under tragic circumstances. I’m proud to be part of such a special group.

Christina Grimmie was a special person. Never mind how well she did on the show or how great of a singer she was. She was special because she represented everything great about The Voice. She was a warm, supportive, enthusiastic soul who just wanted to sing and to give her fans more than they gave her. I was honored to call her a friend and I will never forget her.