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Local country musician shows the importance of family during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:56 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:01:23-04

BARBERTON, Ohio — A local country singer highlighted the importance of family during the COVID-19 pandemic in a heartwarming gesture Friday afternoon.

Mark Leach, an Akron-area singer-songwriter, and his brothers surprised their grandmother Janet, who is a resident of Pleasant View Nursing Home in Barberton.

Normally, Leach’s family visits Janet multiple times a day, but due to coronavirus concerns the nursing home she lives in had to issue a strict no-visitor policy to protect the residents.

Wanting to brighten Janet’s day, Leach and his brothers brought out Rick, a family friend and bagpipe player, to perform outside of Janet’s window.

Janet was born in Scotland, so the music was a tribute to her past as well as a familiar sound to accompany the familiar faces of her loving family who came to visit.

Leach is most commonly known for helping create last year's summer anthem "Drinkin' Claws."

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