Remembering Christina Grimmie

Hailing from Marlton, NJ, Christina Grimmie started her music career on Youtube with a cover of Hannah Montana’s “Don’t Wanna Be Torn.” With little more than a camera and a piano, her rendition was breathtaking; her vocal range and poise were on par with professional artists. Christina catapulted into the spotlight with her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” later that year. Since then, she continued to cover songs, largely requested by her fans, ranging from Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars‘ “Safe and Sound” and Justin Bieber‘s “What Do You Mean” to “O Holy Night” and “In Christ Alone.” Each was unforgettable, with her version nearly outshining the original.

Christina collaborated with several artists, including tour mates Before You Exit, Sam Tsui, and Mike Tompkins. Beyond music, she used her channel to connect with fans through blogs and update videos.

Christina released her first EP Find Me on June 14, 2011. That year, she performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at the American Music Awards pre-show with Taio Cruz, where she was awarded the New Media Honor.

The following year, she teamed up with Disney to release a web series, Power Up: With Christina Grimmie. She released her first full-length album, With Love, in 2013.

In 2014, Christina auditioned for The Voice, winning over all four judges with her performance of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” during the Blind Audition round. She eventually placed third while on Adam Levine’s team.

Christina continued to make waves, notably winning the iHeartRadio Rising Star Contest in 2015, earning her spot on the festival lineup. On February 21, 2016, Christina released her final EP, Side A.

Throughout her career, Christina dedicated her time and talent to several non-profits. She collaborated with the Humane Society of the United States to recreate Bonnie Tyler‘s “I Need a Hero,” performed live at the organization’s New York City Gala. She also performed at the UNICEF and City of Hope concerts to raise money for the humanitarian organization and for a cancer treatment and research hospital, respectively. She also campaigned for peta2 to promote adopting shelter animals.

Christina Grimmie had unmatched talent, with remarkable vocals and stellar piano covers. In seven years and by the age of 22, she conquered the music industry while remaining humble in the spotlight and true to her roots. She was dedicated to her music and her fans, as well as left a lasting impact on those who knew her. Adam Levine, Selena Gomez, Before You Exit, and many more have paid tribute to her, and her tour manager has created a GoFundMe to support her family. Christina was adored by fans and fellow artists, and she will be greatly missed.

If you want to support the Gimmie family in anyway, here is the GoFund Me link to directly help the family. Click here.

1 Comment

  1. Lauren Silvestri

    June 13, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’m still in such shock over this senseless tragedy. What a horrible week it’s been.

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