Tami Olsen was born to sing. From early choir to music classes to mastering both the piano and guitar, music has been part of her life. She even met her husband while performing songs for an event audience (he was a waiter). Eventually, she put down the guitar and picked up the business books.
Four years ago, she joined Heritage Pointe as Executive Assistant to the CEO. But she took on so much more. She plays for Residents both in Memory Care and Assisted Living every week. During the pandemic lockdowns, when visitors were restricted, Tami was able to play for Residents livestreamed on an in-house TV channel.
“They enjoy my performances because they know me,” said Tami. “I’m like their child and they cheer even if they’d never heard that song before”. Working daily with Residents in a demanding job and then pivoting to performing for the same people makes working at Heritage Pointe a dream job. Some Residents are star-struck when she sings a new song in her repertoire, even if the song is decades old. “I’ve sung Desperado (The Eagles ), You’ve Got a Friend (Carole King), and I get complemented for writing a new song. I now introduce any ‘new’ music to give them context. And I’ve started taking requests and studying for these pieces!” said Tami.
The latest request? “The Hills Are Alive” from The Sound of Music movie. We can’t wait to hear it!