From travelling the world while performing on Princess Cruises to delivering concerts from their Kamloops home on Facebook Live, it’s been a strange and exciting time for Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard, who perform as Ryan7.
They have taken their musical show online to provide entertainment for those stuck at home during the pandemic.
“Every bar and restaurant is closed and a lot of venues have cancelled all their concerts,” Weeks told KTW. “We just felt like we could do concerts for people from our house, so at least we can offer a little piece of what people are missing.”
Weeks said they plan to continue performing twice a week, with up-tempo offerings on Fridays and slower, ballroom style songs on Tuesdays.
Many of the fans they’ve connected with on the cruise lines are tuning in, Weeks said, noting those audiences are big on dancing.
The shows can be viewed Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. online at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SabrinaAndMikeLive/. People can request songs they might like to hear, either in advance or in the chat during the show.
Their time on Princess Cruises gave the duo the opportunity to see much of the world at a time just before travel of that kind ground to a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, had it not been for a vocal injury that forced the pair to return home, they might very well have still be on a cruise ship during the start of the pandemic.
“I’m grateful for perfect timing,” Weeks said.
And, though it might not have the same kind of glamour that comes from travelling the world, she’s just as happy to be able to offer Kamloops — and the world — a little something to lift hearts in these difficult times.
“We’re doing these concerts for love,” Weeks said. “We’re doing it out of the goodness of our hearts and our desire to create community in a situation that is making it quite difficult to connect and stay connected.
“And we’re offering these little 60-minute concerts as a way to try and escape the stress and fear of the situation.”