Submitted by: MCPCA Volunteers
We couldn't wait to share with you, words from Jennifer Perry, a beautiful person who participated in our Mohave County Talent Search. We weren't at all surprised that Jennifer was chosen unanimously by the judges to receive the prize of a music studio recording opportunity!
Many of us recognized early in the event that Jennifer was "everybody's greatest cheerleader." She happily cheered for and encouraged everybody in the talent search- every singer and every dancer. Jennifer has one of those smiles that just lights up a room, and we doubt anybody who truly knows her would not notice that she is extremely authentic, humble, kind and loving. For this reason, a group of our volunteers chose to nominate Jennifer to receive recognition from our community, not just for her undeniable talent, but mostly for her example. She leads with love. She lifts others and she has a beautiful soul.
None of us were surprised to learn that Jennifer is a hospice nurse with Beacon Of Hope Hospice. Many of us on the Mohave County Positive Change Agents team consider Jennifer to be a "beacon of hope," for many reasons. She effortlessly attracts people with her radiant personality and just as effortlessly can make you want to be her friend, and feel blessed for the opportunity.
Here are words shared by Jennifer. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating this remarkably talented, lovely person.
"Peace, Love, Joy, and Blessings to everyone who reads this. I am a lover of all kinds of music and I have a deep passion for singing.
When I was growing up, there was music all around me; I used it as a coping mechanism and a way of escape. I received my first record player at age five- my cousin let me pick it out at KMart! My first 45 RPM vinyl record was Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical." I would perform at home for my siblings and their friends, and anybody else who would watch me singing into a Baton or Goody-brand vent brush!
I began singing in my school choir in sixth grade, learning technical aspects of singing and music theory. My love has always been singing from my soul, though; singing from emotions and feeling the music and words from somewhere not physical.
I moved to St. Louis for four years to care for my sick father and joined "Gateway to Agape," a community choir focused on positivity and love. I met many interesting people including Michael Beckwith, the founder of Agape Center for Spiritual Living in Los Angeles. He was in the movie, 'The Secret.' Our choir was affiliated with them. I learned Kirtan- a singing chant, and drumming and learned a whole new level of feeling connected to music spiritually.
I moved back to Bullhead City where I've spent most of my life and began leading worship at Calvary Chapel.
I never feel as close to God as I do when I'm singing to Him, and to me, I'm never performing- I'm showing people how to connect to God through soulful worship and music.
I sing from the time I wake up until the time I fall asleep whether in my head or outwardly. I am blessed that I have a love and a gift for music.
Honestly, I have no plans to take my talent anywhere. I just look for opportunities to express myself through my music and let it flow.
One of my favorite times to sing is to my hospice patients. I am a hospice nurse and frequently visit patients in their homes.
I don't sing to every patient, but if my heart leads me there, I serenade them.
I had a patient a couple of years ago actually pass over as I was singing to him and holding his hand. I looked up and opened my eyes and he had stopped breathing. I consider it a privilege and honor to be by a person's side as they say goodbye to the physical world, and if I can sing sweetly in their ear while they're leaving, that's the only audience I will EVER need....no applause, no flattery; just silence and knowing I was there.
I was so excited to participate in the Mohave County Talent Search and had so much fun! My performances weren't technically perfect or pristinely beautiful, but my heart was there and I felt good just being present, surrounded by some very talented people!
Encouraging others and sharing smiles with others is so rewarding to me. Thank you to everyone who created this event and who continue creating something positive and awesome for our little desert communities!"
We look forward to sharing what comes next for Jennifer Perry! We're positive her upcoming studio recording will touch hearts and change lives! The song we chose for her to record in the music studio is perfect for her lovely voice!
There's a quote by Kelly Ann Rothaus: "Some people make the world special just by being in it." That's how we feel about Jennifer.