Miley Cyrus Breaks Down At ‘Voice’ Singer’s Funeral – Billy Ray Steps In To Help Her Perform
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It has been a little over two weeks since the world said goodbye to the beloved Voice singer, Janice Freeman. Her free spirit and golden vocals left an impression on many, while her smile brought hope. As her friends and family gathered together to celebrate her life, emotions were heavy.
33-year-old Janice was a former contestant on the 13th season of The Voice. From her first audition, the powerhouse singer stunned the coaches with her unique tone. After earning a spot on Team Miley, the pair became extremely close. Janice made her way into the weeks of the competition after performing a whirlwind of firey hits including “I’m Goin’ Down” and “W.O.M.A.N.” But in the end, it was true that her spirit was the reason everyone fell in love with the strong woman.
The loving mother and wife had experienced a series of trials before her time on The Voice. When Janice’s daughter, Hannah, was just four years old, she lost her father to a battle with cancer. A short five years later, in 2012, Janice was diagnosed with cervical cancer herself. After her long fight, Janice beat it and came out twice as strong.
But on March 2, 2019, Janice lost an unexpected fight. Janice passed away from “an extreme case” of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. After her husband continued to perform CPR on her until the paramedics arrived, it was too late. Janice passed away at their local hospital not long after.
While her family coped with the loss and heavy hearts, her mentor, Miley Cyrus felt a cloud of heartbreak fall over her. Cyrus wrote a beautiful memoir in honor of her late friend who constantly inspired her.
A Celebration Of Life
Janice Freeman’s funeral service was held on March 18 as loved ones piled in to remember their dear friend. While Miley was set to perform “Amazing Grace” at the service, she had a wave of emotions rush over her. While paying her respects to Janice she explained,
“I was never her coach…ever. She was always mine. I learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten an 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.”
As Miley struggled to get her words out, she told the guests that her father, Billy Ray, would be helping her perform the song as it was too hard for her.
Billy Ray sat on stage with a band and choir behind him and began playing an upbeat version of “Amazing Grace” – just how Janice would’ve loved it. Eventually, the choir joined in and Miley did too. It seemed as though the whole room lit up in honor of Janice and her beautiful soul. The guests were brought to their feet in praise.
Rest in peace to the beautiful and bright Janice Freeman. You will be deeply missed.