In a world full of “me” and “entitlement” attitudes, it is refreshing – no exhilarating – to encounter an artist who truly believes in “giving back”. Lanark County’s Queen of Country – Arlene Quinn – is one such person. In the middle of a very successful and busy music career, she still finds time to entertain hundreds of elderly in Ottawa’s retirement homes.
I was fortunate to be able to track down Arlene as she visited my father’s retirement home earlier this week, and I was amazed and sincerely impressed at what I saw. Much more than just another entertainer, Arlene engages her audience, encouraging them to sing along with her, dance with her, and even shed the occasional tear with her. She delivers a wide variety of sing-along, clap-along, and fun music that everyone recognizes. She has been doing this long enough that she knows many of her fans, and makes time for them before and after her shows. Truly an amazing performer, who understands her role in front of an audience.
Arlene is just back from a successful recording session in Nashville, and has a new single coming soon. Read all about her on her website and listen to last summer’s hit single “Nowhere To Go But Up” on YouTube.