There wasn't a dry eye in the audience when Chris Cornell's daughter Toni joined One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder to sing "Hallelujah." The 12-year-old belted out the moving ballad in honor of her late father and his close friend Chester Bennington on this morning's Good Morning America.
When asked what made them choose this specific song, Ryan said, "Chester sang this at Chris' funeral and this is arguably one of the greatest songs written in the last 50 years I think by most people's accords. It's a very special song to us and I think to most people and especially to Toni as well." Toni added, "It’s an honor to perform this for my dad and Chester and to sing for them."
The emotional song was sung beautifully by Ryan and Toni. The daughter of the late musician chose to honor her father three months after his death and a mere weeks after Chester's heartbreaking passing. Both singers died by suicide making their loss that much more crushing for friends, family, and fans.
"Let me start by saying how much I love you and how much you mean to me. You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to," Toni shared on Facebook in a Father's Day post to her late father. "You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do... I love you and miss you so, Daddy. You deserve your own day to be celebrated because you are the best dad anyone could ever have."
It's clear that Chris and Chester weren't just loved by their families but also the world. Check out some of the tweets people shared following the performance:
Just saw a clip of 12yr-old Toni Cornell singing Hallelujah. Sometimes talent is genetic. She reminded me a bit of Hope Sandoval.— Chris Carmichael (@cdcarm) August 4, 2017
What a touching way to honor the musicians. We're sure her father would be proud of her!
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.