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Irish Grinstead, 702 Vocalist Famed For 'Where My Girls At,' Passes Away At Age 43

by Venus Sanders

The world of music has been dealt a heavy blow with the recent passing of Irish Grinstead, a cherished member of the beloved R&B group 702. At the tender age of 43, Irish left us, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the annals of music history. Her journey was one marked by talent, resilience, and sisterly bonds that transcended the stage.

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The heart-wrenching news was shared by her sister and fellow 702 member, LeMisha Grinstead, who took to Instagram to deliver the somber announcement. In her heartfelt message, LeMisha expressed not only her profound grief but also her admiration for her sister's enduring spirit. She acknowledged the lengthy battle that Irish had valiantly fought and offered solace in the knowledge that her sister had found peace. LeMisha painted a vivid picture of Irish, describing her as a shining star both inside and out.

The profound sisterly bond that existed between LeMisha and Irish was palpable. They were not only siblings but also artistic collaborators who shared the stage, their voices harmonizing to create the timeless melodies that continue to resonate with fans across the globe. LeMisha's message was one of love, cherishing the joy of sharing the limelight with her sister—a joy that will remain with her for the rest of her life.

This devastating loss comes after Irish's earlier announcement, made via the group's Instagram account in December 2022, that she would be taking a medical leave of absence due to serious health issues. It was a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the challenges that one may face, even in the midst of a successful career.

Irish's journey in the world of music was intertwined with that of her twin sister, Orish Grinstead. Sadly, Orish passed away from kidney failure in 2008 at the tender age of 27. The sisters, whose bond was unbreakable, had embarked on a musical odyssey that would leave an indelible mark on the R&B landscape.

The group 702 burst onto the music scene in 1996 with their debut album "No Doubt." One of their standout tracks, "Steelo," not only captured the hearts of music lovers but also became the theme song for Nickelodeon's "Cousin Skeeter." It was a promising start that hinted at the group's future success.

In 1999, 702 released their self-titled album, which included the chart-topping hit "Where My Girls At." This anthem resonated with a generation of women and became a nationwide sensation. Their music was not only appreciated by fans but also recognized by the industry. The group received nominations for prestigious awards such as the American Music Award, BET Award, and multiple Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, cementing their status as formidable R&B artists.

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702's contributions to the world of entertainment extended beyond the airwaves. Their music graced the soundtracks of hit films like "Good Burger" and "Little Stuart," further embedding their melodies into popular culture. Irish Grinstead's passing marks the end of an era for 702 and for R&B enthusiasts worldwide. Her voice, her spirit, and her legacy will forever resonate through the songs that touched our hearts. In her memory, we celebrate not only the artist but also the person who brought joy to countless lives.

As we mourn the loss of Irish Grinstead, let us also remember the music, the laughter, and the sisterhood that defined her life. Her journey may have reached its conclusion, but her impact will continue to reverberate through the melodies that remain dear to us all.


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