Now in its 16th season, “The Voice” has given a voice to musicians from all over by providing a platform for artists at various stages in their career to be heard by the world. The single truth about music is that it can touch us deeply in ways that other art can’t as easily — we can dance, cry, laugh and love to it as soon as we feel the first beat or hear the first note of a singer’s voice. Artists of all genres have moved us through their performances on the show, none more so now than the voices of these artists we’ve lost over the years.
Beverly McClellan (Season 1) — Beverly was a finalist on the first season as a member of Team Christina Aguilera. She joined Christina’s team after both her and Adam turned their chairs based on the performance of “Piece of My Heart.” Beverly advanced to the finals based on the public’s vote for her renditions of “I’m the Only One” in week 1 of the live shows and “The Thrill Is Gone” in the semifinals. Beverly passed away in 2018 at the age of 49 after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer earlier that year.
Christina Grimmie (Season 6) — Christina finished 3rd in Season 6 as a member of Team Adam Levine. She was the very first blind audition of her season and joined Adam’s team after all four coaches turned their chairs for her rendition of “Wrecking Ball,” which she sang again in the finale. In the second week of the playoffs, Christina really hit her stride in the competition, rising to #4 on the iTunes singles chart with her cover of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” that week and then #5 the following week with “How to Love.” Christina passed away in 2016 at the age of 22 after being fatally shot while signing autographs following a performance in Orlando, Florida.
Anthony Riley (Season 8) — At the time of Anthony’s blind audition in the eighth season he earned the “fastest four-chair turn in series history” with his cover of “I Got You (I Feel Good).” In the Battles he remained on Team Pharrell after winning with “Get Ready,” but then withdrew from the competition to focus on his personal health. Anthony passed away in 2015 by suicide at the age of 28.
Janice Freeman (Season 13) — Janice was the first artist to ever join Team Miley Cyrus following her standout blind audition of “Radioactive.” Janice remained on Miley’s team through the Battles and Knockouts and up until she was shockingly eliminated in Week 2 of the live shows. Miley and Janice remained close even after the show and Miley has vowed to support her family after her unexpected passing due to a blood clot on March 2, 2019 at the age of 33.