VIDEO: Watch this health care worker tear up when she gets a personal thank you from Jann Arden
When Amanda Lee was invited to appear remotely on an episode of CBC’s What’re You At? with Tom Power, she had no idea there would be a third person on the video call: legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden. Lee is a CT Scan Technologist at the Ottawa Hospital and the creator of a viral lip sync video encouraging social isolation to the tune and lyrics of Arden’s Sleepless.
The video has been circulating the internet since its March 27 release, even drawing a retweet from Arden herself, and Lee was invited to share her inspiration behind creating it with CBC listeners. She recalls driving home from work one day when Sleepless came on the radio: “I thought that the lyrics really reflected what we were going through at this time,” she tells Power. What Lee didn’t realize at the start of the interview, was that Arden was waiting in the remote “wings” to deliver a powerful thank you to Lee, for both the video and her service as a frontline health care worker.
Lee immediately bursts into tears as Arden appears on the three-way call and tells her, “I can not tell you how touched I was to see that video,” and later “I don’t think I’ve ever been touched in my entire career to that extent.” Arden goes on to thank Lee for her service to Canadians, before she grabs her guitar and the two recreate Lee’s lip sync live. You can watch Lee's full interview and the rest of the What're You At? episode here.