Tori Kelly Dedicates New Song ‘Blink of an Eye’ to Christina Grimmie
More than a month after The Voice contestant and professional artist Christina Grimmie was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida, her friend Tori Kelly released a new song, "Blink of an Eye," dedicated to her.
Grimmie died on June 11 after she was shot by a deranged fan during her concert at the Plaza Live in Orlando. Following the tragic incident, various artists performed their own tributes for the singer.
To show the impact that Grimmie's death has on her, Kelly posted the video for the track titled "Blink of an Eye" on YouTube on July 10, according to MTV. The lyrics of the song reflect the emotions that Kelly is going through following the passing of her friend and fellow artist.
According to the "Paper Hearts" singer, she wrote the track with the help of Zac Poor, a songwriter known for collaborating with other high-profile artists and groups such as Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, Backstreet Boys and the K-pop band, Girls Generation.
Unlike Kelly's other music videos, the one for "Blink of an Eye" is not very flashy. It was made using only one camera and just basically featured the artist playing the guitar. But, its simplistic and solemn nature works very well with the seriousness of the song and its context.
"This song was written for Christina Grimmie after she passed away tragically," Kelly wrote in the video's description. "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," she added. "However, I am still comforted knowing that I'll get to see her again someday in heaven."
Shortly after Kelly released the video for the song, she got a shout out from Justin Bieber who referred to the track as a "special gift," Rolling Stone reported.
@ToriKelly you have a special gift. God bless
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 10, 2016