OROVILLE — Prestige Senior Living L.L.C. held its company-wide singing competition called “Prestige Sings” for a second year in 2021, and for a second consecutive year, an Oroville resident placed in the top four.
Oroville resident Randell Norton, 56, placed third in this year’s Prestige Sings competition this year after placing fourth in the inaugural Prestige Sings competition in 2020. The results were announced Wednesday as Norton was one-of-four final contestants of 30 entries entered into the resident division. There are two categories in the competition which include “staff sings” and “residents sing.”
In this year’s competition Norton was required to sing three songs, and advanced through a voting system which enabled qualifiers to advance. Norton sang the songs, “Amazing Grace,” originally by John Newton, “That’s Life,” made famous by Frank Sinatra, and “I Come to the Garden Alone,” a hymn written in 1913 by C. Austin Miles.
Prestige Assisted Living, a facility within the Prestige Senior Living parent company, has 79 locations in the United States including in Chico, Oroville and Marysville. The company is centralized around the western United States, reaching as far east as Sierra Vista, Arizona and as far north as Anchorage, Alaska.
Norton graduated from Oroville High School in 1984 and later went on to attend Butte College as well as Chico State. Norton’s father first moved to Oroville in 1967 where his father worked as a member of the California Highway Patrol. Norton moved into Prestige Assisted Living in August 2018 after needing additional assistance after a cancer diagnosis.
Norton’s music inspiration comes from Gary Miller and the Big Band Era, said Prestige Senior Living in Oroville’s Executive Director Jeff Gollihar. Gollihar added that in 1981 Norton won a speech contest at Oroville High School for a speech he gave on the Big Band era of music.
In the 2020 competition Prestige Senior Living of Oroville had a staff member as well as a resident who won each portion of the company-wide competition. Prestige Senior Living in Oroville is a 62 room facility which features 46 apartments in the assisted living side of the facility. Assisted living facilities at Prestige are known as Celebration units.