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Roy Smith

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Roy Smith, a janitor at Omaha Burke High School in Nebraska, showed the students and faculty at the school that he can hang with the best of them when it comes to music.

Smith recently performed with the high school’s orchestra, and the performance immediately went viral. Wearing a pink suit, Smith belted out Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Smith has been singing since he was 13 years old and was even offered a record deal when he was younger. But nowadays, you can either catch him singing as he’s cleaning the school or with various gospel groups. When the orchestra asked him to perform with it, he jumped at the chance.

Smith’s motto is very simple when it comes to making his job fun:

“Whistle while you work, that’s my motto,” he told ABC News. “I’m like that every day. It brings joy to the students. The ones that are down and out, I give them something to cheer them up.”

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Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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