CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rose Fisher doesn't have a shy bone in her body.
She's performed in churches all around West Virginia since she was a teenager, and this year, she's the newest addition to Charleston's annual GoodNight concert series.
But Fisher wasn't so bold when she began singing as a 2-year-old.
"I was so shy," Fisher said. "I would go in the hallway or behind a couch to sing. I would sing like a bird as long as no one was looking at me."
Fisher, 58, is originally from Jodie and has been working in law in Charleston for 25 years. She comes from a musical family, and her genre of choice is southern gospel.
"I'm from a family that, if born and can't sing, you're drowned at birth," Fisher said, laughing. "I loved the piano and began taking lessons when I was 9 years old."
Fast forward to the mid-1980s. Fisher was at Montgomery General Elderly Care visiting her neighbor's uncle, Thurley Arthur. He was blind and nearly deaf.
"I dropped in one day to see him. I was told to sing loud so he could hear," Fisher said. "I bent over, put my cheekbone against his forehead and said, 'Hello, Arthur.' His head shot up . . . he could hear just fine as long as I was next to him.
"I sang his favorite song, 'Life's Railway to Heaven.' We shared tears and laughs. I always tell people that that was the best backache I've ever had."
It was then that Fisher met Wanda Grey, former activities director at Montgomery General Elderly Care and current activities director at St. Francis Hospital.
"I got to know Wanda," Fisher said. "She got me started with singalongs."
Grey would pull patients into the dining room, and Fisher would do hymn singalongs with the patients.
"When Wanda moved to St. Francis, I would go over on my lunch break and entertain the patients for 45 minutes," Fisher said. "People would thank me, but they had no idea what it did for me. I went over there when I was feeling down, and seeing them reminisce and smile meant the world to me."