ABOVE: Country and rock and roll collide as Morning Pointe of Brentwood resident and Country Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster meets John Oates, who performed selections from his upcoming album at the assisted living community.// SUBMITTED
MORNING POINTE OF BRENTWOOD
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates, one half of the celebrated musical duo Hall and Oates, paid a visit to the Morning Pointe of Brentwood where he performed for the residents.
Oates first learned of Morning Pointe through his wife, Aimee, who volunteers at Morning Pointe as part of the community’s Petal Project, delivering flowers for the residents to arrange. After Oates accompanied his wife on one of her deliveries and noticed the stage set-up in the community’s activity room, he offered to return to Morning Pointe to perform for the residents.
“Of course, we were thrilled by his offer,” said Chris Phillips, one of the Life Enrichment Directors at Morning Pointe of Brentwood.
On the day of Oates’s performance, he treated Morning Pointe residents and associates to a preview of his upcoming album, Arkansas.
“His guitar-playing and singing were fabulous, and our residents loved his performance!” Phillips says. “After the show, he graciously posed for pictures, signed autographs, and visited with our residents and staff.”
One Morning Pointe resident had a particularly meaningful interaction with Oates. Fred Foster, a songwriter, producer, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was surprised when associates brought Oates directly to his apartment within the community. Although the two had never met, they quickly bonded over their shared love of music. After swapping stories, they even realized that they had been fans of the other’s work for years without knowing it.
“It was such a special moment!” Phillips says. “Many thanks to John and Aimee for generously sharing their time and talents with our community this holiday season!”
If you are interested in volunteering with Morning Pointe of Brentwood, contact Chris Phillips, Regie Ragland, or Cindy Colton of the Life Enrichment Team by phone at (615) 285-3455 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.