Tori Kelly is one of our absolute faves. Not only is she super sweet but she’s totally beautiful, has an AMAZING voice and is so, so talented.
Now the singer songwriter has shared an emotional song on YouTube written as a tribute to Christina Grimmie, the YouTuber and The Voice alum who was tragically shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, during a meet and greet with fans after a concert last month.
Following the heartbreaking and senseless shooting, many stars have paid tribute to the late singer, including Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, Adam Levine and at this year’s VidCon there was a special tribute in honour of Christina.
Writing in the description box underneath the video, Tori explained how the song, titled “Blink of an Eye”, was written with her friend Zac Poor.
“this song was written for christina grimmie after she passed away tragically,” Tori wrote. “i needed to write this song. thank you to my good friend, zac poor, who was brave enough to take on the challenge of writing it with me. my heart was & is still so heavy when i think of her not being with us. however, i am still comforted knowing that i’ll get to see her again someday in heaven. my prayers go out to her family & loved ones [sic].”
Continuing, she added: “even though this song had specific meaning, more recently i’m overwhelmed at the pain & the brokenness in the world today, & so this is really just me grieving. at all of it. life is so short [sic].”
The song’s heartbreaking lyrics touch on the sad loss of Christina, but also on the effect the shooting has had on Tori herself, with the lyrics stating: “Can’t help but think it could’ve been me out there / Chasing a dream when suddenly it all stops in a heartbeat.”
After sharing the song, Justin Bieber, who also paid an emotional tribute to Christina Grimmie, tweeted Tori praising her talent.
Watch Tori’s emotional tribute to Christina Grimmie, “Blink of an Eye”, below: