A chance to forget you're in the hospital. That's what singer, Whitney Myer, offers children at Renown Children's Hospital. You may have heard of Whitney before. She beat out 150,000 other contestants to make it on to season two of the show, "The Voice." Although she didn't win, she says she got a lot out of the experience. "To go on a national spotlight and put my talents up against hundreds of thousands of other people in front of millions of people on TV was really scary for me. I enjoy performing. I love it more than anything but I'm not super boisterous. I'm actually a little shy so it was scary."
She was on the show in February and started volunteering her time at Renown in March. She became so popular with patients and nurses alike, the director of the Healing Arts Foundation at Renown approached Whitney to help grow the program with other artists. The goal is 4 hours of bedside music every week, much of which is currently being filled by Whitney herself. This Reno native says she's honored to give back to her community. "I love it, honestly, for so many reasons. It reminds me what music is all about which is connecting with people. It's not about big huge shows or YouTube views. It's about a one-on-one connection with somebody and additionally I think it really helps the kids because they're taken out of their environment for at least a few minutes and we can talk and get one on one attention from an older figure."
Whitney tailors her songs to the patient. She says she rocks out with the older kids and plays more familiar radio songs to the younger ones. Whitney's ultimate goal is to become a successful touring musician. So until she hits the road, in her big touring bus, she'll be volunteering at Renown Children's Hospital.
For more information about Whitney Myer, go to http://whitneymyerband.com/Written By Wendy Damonte