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Rainee: I love doing the standards...especially the old jazz standards it's just so beautiful and so fun.

Rainee Perdue was born on the poor side of Washington State. Blind from birth she has struggled in ways most of us can't imagine. But it's when she picks up an instrument you realize just how special she is.

Rainee Perdue performs all across 21 Country but senior citizens are her favorite audience. Today she's visiting apple ridge assisted living.

“They're not getting out and being able to dance like they used to and enjoy music like they used to,” she says. “To be able to bring that to them is a blessing.”

Rainee isn't paid for her nursing home performances, can't see how her senior audience is reacting. But she says she can feel their gratitude for that moment of joy she brings into their lives.

“There are several residents here who barely speak,” says nursing home volunteer Mary Schaefer, “but you put music on and they know the words they''ll sing. Music just livens them up and it just keeps right on going forever and ever and ever.”

Rainee Perdue isn't paid to be here, just getting here is a challenge. But this humble, joyful young woman will take her music anywhere it's needed, bring a moment of peace to people she will never meet. And probably will never realize that she is the best humanity has to offer.

Eric Olson

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