A Detroit nurse performed a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace” during the COVID-19 memorial in Washington, D.C., as part of the inaugural events for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Lori Marie Key was selected to perform on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to commemorate the over 400,000 American lives lost since the onset of the deadly virus. 

Before the 29-year-old sang the house down, Key shared her experience working as an essential worker and medical professional during the pandemic.

“Working as a COVID nurse is heartbreaking. As heartbreaking for the patients who are sick, it was heartbreaking for the family who couldn’t be there with them, and it’s heartbreaking for those caring for them,” Key said. “But when I’m at work, I sing. It gives me strength during difficult times, and I believe it helps heal.”