MANILA, Philippines – Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider, talented musicians who rose to fame via YouTube, and friends of the late Christina Grimmie, paid tribute to the slain singer at their Manila concert Saturday night, July 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
#JustADream for the wonderful @TheRealGrimmie, gone too soon. If you've ever loved somebody, put your hands up. pic.twitter.com/oi8IKCsANA — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) July 9, 2016
Christina, a rising star hard at work at growing her career, was killed by a gunman following an Orlando concert in June. She was only 22.
At their Manila show, Sam and Kurt played a slow version of Nelly's "Just A Dream" to honor Christina's memory. Back in 2010, Kurt, an all-around musician and producer, released a cover of the song, a collaboration between him, Sam, and Christina. It was a major hit on YouTube – the version on Kurt's channel has over 122 million views to date. It's an important song that expanded the following of all 3 stars. Kurt has said in the past that he's unlikely ever to tire of playing the song, especially its piano intro, one of his favorites.
"She was so talented, so beautiful in spirit, and we feel so incredibly fortunate to have known her and gotten the opportunity to make music with her," Sam told the Manila crowd before playing the song.
One more from last night: a powerful moment honoring @TheRealGrimmie, from @SamuelTsui and @KurtHSchneider pic.twitter.com/jvdlmAqREB — Wyatt Ong (@wyattcaraway) July 10, 2016
"So this next song is all about her, about Christina Grimmie, about love, about the power of music, and the power of love."
Photo by Stephen Lavoie/Rappler
The band Lynk, Max Schneider, Tiffany Alvord, and Leroy Sanchez all performed separate sets at that concert as well.