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Lori Marie Key of Livonia performed a passionate version of “Amazing Grace” Tuesday (Jan. 19) at the national coronavirus (COVID-19) memorial ceremony in Washington D.C.

“Working as a COVID nurse is heartbreaking,” Key said before singing. “As heartbreaking for the patients who are sick, it was heartbreaking for the family who couldn’t be there with them and it’s heartbreaking for those caring for them. But when I’m at work, I sing. It gives me strength during difficult times and I believe it helps heal.”

Key is a nurse at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. Her rendition of “Amazing Grace” went viral last year after singing on the job amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She also performed at the 2020 Ford Fireworks.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!