It has been a week since Christina Grimmie was shot and killed at a fan signing. Though I didn't comment on it at the time, I felt it would be remiss of me not to do so at all. But instead of focusing on the details of her passing, I'll instead shine a light on what mattered to her: inspiring others with her talent.
Only 22-years old at the time of her death, the singer-songwriter initially found success via her YouTube channel, where she started uploading videos at the age of 15. It wasn't long until her viral success and talent had Disney knocking. The result: the web show Power Up.
On the assent, Christina's next big step came when she auditioned for season 6 of The Voice USA. Clearly in possession of an impressive instrument, her rendition of Wrecking Ball had all four judges turning around, clamouring to nab the star for their team. Though not winning the show, coming in third place, her vocals still had various labels eager to sign her. She eventually went on to partner with Island, where her first single was the country-flavoured Must Be Love.
Music wasn't her only calling, though, and in 2015 the Diva took up an acting role in The Matchbreaker. With it supposedly due to hit theatres at the end of this year, its release will be a bitter-sweet moment for fans. Mixed equally with the pride they'll feel seeing their idol on the big screen will no doubt be the pain of what was yet to come from a star on the rise.
Rest in Peace, Christina.
My goal in my career is to inspire people, is to get my music out there and have people enjoy it, and have people think of me as an inspirational artist.