ROCKLAND (CBS) – Terri Hafner Riley has become a local internet sensation from her living room.
The 53-year-old grandmother is a veteran and a teaching assistant in the Quincy school system, but her secret dream – since childhood – has been to sing professionally.
“I’d stand at the top of the stairs and sing out loud,” she told WBZ-TV. “It’s silly, but as a kid it’s something you dream about.”
Little did Terri know the pandemic would give her that opportunity, when a friend suggested she try a new page on Facebook called Quarantine Karaoke.
Terri joined the page and, standing in her living room in her pajamas, started belting out hits.
With a little Janice Joplin and a little Stevie Nicks in her voice, she quickly exploded in popularity.
“I couldn’t even keep up with the comments,” she said. “Because I like to reply to every single one, at least like their comment, and I just couldn’t keep up. I just kept hearing plung, plung, plung.”
She’s now a featured singer on the page and was invited to sing at the Rockland Days concert series. In fact, Terri is now looking for musicians to form a band with her and her husband, who’s an accomplished guitarist.
“I’m not a spring chicken anymore, so at my age to be able to do this and actually people like my singing at my age to me is huge.”