I was introduced to Christina Grimmie in 2009, she popped up in my recommended videos on YouTube and it kickstarted a 7 year experience of watching someone grow, becoming a fan, falling in love with their music, and on this day one year ago, she was shot and killed after a concert.
When celebrities die, I've never really shown much emotion, I've felt sad, felt sympathy for their family and die hard fans, but when Christina died, I entered a 3 day crying session, I was shocked to the core that this person whom I had followed for the past 7 years was just..... gone.
A poigniont memory I have is back in the beginning she sang "My Heart Will Go On - Celina Dion" and struggled to reach the high notes, and now, I listen to her more recent covers and those notes seem effortless. She had grown and improved beyond recognition, she became effortless, she became a star in her own right and her talent shown no bounds. And it was all taken away
It just seemed so unfair. She was at the start of her career, she was doing something she loved, and it seemed like she never got the chance to make the impact myself and all of her fans knew she was about to make.
I think what made it worse for me is knowing her families background. Her mother had survived cancer three times, they'd given up a lot for her to achieve her dream, and then they lost her. I mean, we all know that life isn't fair, but that to me takes the piss.
But now a year on, I still miss her, and I know a lot of us (her fans) still miss her. Her family have carried on her work and released her unreleased songs, and continue to build her legacy, even though her mother has once again been diagnosed with cancer (seriously if there is a God.... sort it out)
Below I'm going to leave a few of my favourite videos of hers. Take a look, take in her talent.
#RIPCHRISTINAGRIMMIE 1 year on.