He Has The Voice Of An Angel. Now He's Sharing His Gift With The World.
Watch and listen to his sweet serenade for a nursing home resident that started it all. Now he's getting shout-outs from celebs like Hugh Jackman!
Like a lot of people these days, Sarah Cahill has been feeling upset that she can no longer visit with her elderly mother due to visitor restrictions at the assisted living facility where she lives.
For the last month or so, Cahill has been visiting her mom at The Oaks in Winter Park from afar, but she says it's not the same.
"Yes, it's sad, we are very close and I'm an only child and she has dementia so she doesn't understand why I can't come through the gate," Cahill told CBS.
Cahill says the separation from her mother has been incredibly hard. Sarah Ditmars Cahill/Facebook
Still, Cahill makes an effort to cheer up her mom any way she can. At one visit a few weeks ago, Cahill started singing and dancing to brighten her mom's day from outside of the fence. A few moments later, she said she heard someone singing along with her from across the street.
Cahill urged the man who was singing to come closer and serenade her mother, since his voice was so much better than hers. The man, who Cahill later found out was a utility worker named Albert Jones, didn't hesitate to start singing a gospel hymn called "His Eye Is on the Sparrow."
Here's the video of Jones' first serenade. Cahill says if you listen closely, you can hear her mother singing along with him…
Not only was Cahill's mother tickled by the performance, but when a worker at The Oaks shared a video of the moment to social media, it spread like wildfire. Actor Hugh Jackman saw it and posted the video on his Instagram page.
Cahill and Jones have kept in touch, and when she invited him to sing 'Happy Birthday' to her mom when she turned 94 earlier this week, Jones agreed.
"When mom saw him she lit up with a huge smile and was so happy to see him," Cahill said.
After the birthday serenade, Cahill learned that Jones is a self-taught singer and is the lead singer in his church choir in Dade City, FL.
It was a spiritual pull," Jones said when Cahill thanked him for singing to her mom a second time. "And anytime I can use the grace of God to make somebody happy, that's what we're gonna do."
Jones has been singing for 19 years. Sarah Ditmars Cahill/Facebook
As for Cahill, she says she's learned a valuable lesson from her new friendship with Jones – one that likely would never have happened if it wasn't for the coronavirus.
"I hope that when this virus is over, people will have changed and not wasted this time to reflect, and trust that there are good people everywhere," she said. "This virus has brought us all together and we are fighting for each other. Albert trusts in God, and so do I, and he freely shared his God-given gifts when asked to. We should all be that free to say yes when asked for help."