In 2014, Christina Grimmie competed on season 6 of The Voice and wrecked her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” in the best way possible. Within the first few seconds, judges Usher and Shakira pressed their red buzzers, followed quickly by Adam Levine. By the time she belted her climactic note, Blake Shelton, too, was eager to meet the singer with the powerful pipes.
“People come out here and they sing and you never know what to expect,” Levine said after her performance. “And then you turn around and you start to see how engaging and passionate [you are], and you’re more comfortable than I am up there… almost. And that is the moment where you realize that this person could be a huge star. I really believe that.”
Whether or not it was because of these words, Grimmie chose to join Team Levine on the talent competition show and ended up ranking among the season’s top three contestants.
More than two years after her stint, Grimmie was fatally shot after a concert in Orlando, Florida, and her Voice family is still in shock. “I’m sad, shocked and confused,” Levine began in a statement on Instagram on Friday. “We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this…this just isn’t fair.” He added in a Facebook post, after Grimmie’s death was confirmed, “Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world.”
Since then, Shelton responded to the tragedy on social media, writing, “I’m stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl… Keeping [Grimmie’s] family in my heart and mind.” A statement from The Voice on the show’s Twitter page read in part, “We are heartbroken. [Grimmie] is a loved member of our family. Our thoughts are with her and her family. There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice.”
During her time on the show, Grimmie performed Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” during the battle rounds, and Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” during the playoffs.
Other memorable performances include covers of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and fun.’s “Some Nights,” in addition to a duet of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” with Levine.
After securing third place, Grimmie returned to the Voice stage as a guest performer to sing “With Love,” the title track of her debut album.
According to her website, Grimmie was first discovered through her YouTube page by Brian and Mandy Teefey of LH7 Management. She has since amassed more than 3 million followers, thanks in part to her covers of Adele, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and more. But it was The Voice that propelled her into the limelight. And it’s her voice that we’ll remember.