On Monday, March 18, a memorial service was held for The Voice contestant Janice Freeman. The musician died on March 2 from combined complications of lupus and a bronchial infection. She was 33.
Among those who attended the service was Miley Cyrus, on whose team Janice was part of during her season 13 stint on the reality competition show.
Miley spoke at the service, delivering an emotional tribute – and could help but break down on stage as she remembered Janice:
“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor. I was never her coach, ever, she was always mine.
I learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally, I should’ve gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love.
I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me. So my dad’s going to take care of this for me.
But, I’ll always be your sister, and I’m here for you, and I’m here for your family, and Janice I’ll miss you more than I could ever say. So, my dad is going to do this for me.”
Billy Ray Cyrus then began to perform “Amazing Grace”, helping her sing and get through the song dedicated to Janice.
After the performance, Miley concluded by sweetly saying:
“Thank you for letting us be a part of your family and thank you Janice for letting me be your friend — it’s been an honor.”
And Billy Ray added:
“Thank you sister Janice – I learned from you, too.”