Remembering Christina Grimmie in Singapore

Remembering Christina Grimmie in Singapore

Gone too soon

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Getty Images

As fans and the music industry mourn the tragic passing of The Voice star Christina Grimmie, we recall her visit to Singapore last August

In 2014, the late Christina Grimmie came in like a wrecking ball in The Voice's blind auditions, turning the Miley Cyrus hit into something completely new. All four judges — Usher, Adam Levine, Shakira and Blake Shelton — gave her a standing ovation. Levine believed she could be a "huge star", while Usher gushed that she was "phenomenal". When asked by Levine about who inspired her the most, Grimmie answered, "my mom, she's had breast cancer three times, and I thought she would never get to see anything like this". Levine went on to become her coach, and eventually the singer came in third place in the talent competition.

Grimmie passed away on 11 June when a man approached and opened fire. She had been signing autographs after a show at The Plaza Live theatre in Orlando, where she appeared as the opening act for the band Before You Exit.

Singapore saw the bright spark pay us a visit for The National University of Singapore's Rag & Flag 2015 at The Float @ Marina Bay last August. Apart from her originals — such as the addictive single 
Shrug — she also performed Cyrus' Wrecking Ball and Sia's Titanium. Before her arrival, Grimmie posted a video in July on her YouTube channel, enthusiastically sharing the news and psyching audiences up.   

As soon as she landed at Changi Airport in Singapore, she was greeted by fans who stopped her for photos at the arrival hall, where she also signed on a fan's headphones and laptop. Fans also met Grimmie at the hotel she was staying.

While she was in town, the singer also gave video interviews to Radio Heatwave and The Fifth Parlour, where we learned that her then favourite band was Walk The Moon, the fact that she couldn't whistle and the meaning behind her "2P" tattoo — a gaming reference symbol she shared with her brother.

To see more tributes for Christina Grimmie, click here.