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October Resident of the Month

10/1/2020

Congratulations to the October Resident of the Month - Riley Perry!

I’m a sixth grader at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School and a lifelong Seven Hills resident. I started singing at School of Rock in August 2019, after a local 80s band put me on stage when they noticed I knew all of the songs, and I’ve been singing ever since! At School of Rock we are put into bands and perform locally, with a different theme each season. When everything shut down in March, I had just watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” and thought how fun playing the piano looked. I didn’t want to waste all of my new free time, so I started teaching myself “Bohemian Rhapsody” the next day and had it down in the first three weeks of quarantine. Since then, I have covered a lot of my favorite classic rock songs, learning a different song each week, from Journey to ELO to Genesis. Learning to play piano and putting on mini concerts at home gave me a goal to work on and kept me busy. I’ve made some pretty amazing connections putting my music out there, like Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Billy Joel’s guitarist! I recently started taking additional vocal lessons with Bucky Heard, who has been performing with Bill Medley as The Righteous Brothers. Bill even sat in on my virtual vocal lesson and I was able to meet him! I am thrilled to be the Resident of the Month and will continue to work hard on my music!