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    "I know how to handle and sympathize with them and just show them that love": Valets at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, are brightening the days of visitors and patients through song. (Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016)

    Singing valets are serenading visitors and patients at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

    "I love it. I'm a people's person," said Rob Nyekan.

    He was a certified nurses assistant for seven years but now he's a parking valet trying to help lift people's spirits.

    "I know how to handle and sympathize with them and just show them that love," said Nyekan.

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    While helping a patient to the car he decided to use his talent he discovered when he was 14.

    "One lady I did it to out here, she was coming out, I just started singing to her while she was getting wheeled into the car," he said. "She loved it."

    From that moment on he decided he'd sing to anyone willing to enjoy.

    When singing "My Girl" by The Temptations his co-worker Shayne heard him and jumped in.

    Fast forward two months later and the pair are now known as the "singing valets."

    "God gave me the voice to do something with and that's what I'm doing," said Shayne Bowen. "I'm using my voice. I'm using my talent for the good."

    Shayne is also a chef at the hospital and sings to people while they enjoy their meal.

    He started singing at the age of eight, but never felt the stage was his place to be.

    "It's about how the patients and visitors feel," said Bowen. "When they're coming in or when they're coming out."

    When asked what brought them together, the answer is simple.

    "It's fate," said Nyekan. "It's fate."

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