Fall / Winter 2014

Pitch Perfect

Véronic: A voice for the ages.

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Photograph by Robert John Key

A professional singer with two solo albums under her belt, Véronic DiCaire sort of fell into her role as a “vocal impersonator.” The accomplished French Canadian entertainer started doing impressions “just to make people laugh.” But when a video of her imitating the voices of other singers—including Céline Dion—was seen by Céline’s husband and manager, René Angélil, he invited Véronic to open Céline’s Taking Chances Tour. “After the very first performance, I remember thinking, maybe this is my new life.”

Five years later, Véronic has her own show— coproduced by Céline—in the Jubilee! Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas. Segments of the show are devoted to divas (Madonna, Beyoncé), eighties pop idols (Cyndi Lauper, Eurythmics), entertainment icons (Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston), queens of country (Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood) and today’s superstars (Britney Spears, Katy Perry).

Véronic uses some unorthodox methods to channel these star’s voices—all 50 of them. For Anita Baker, the singer explains, “I felt like I had to yawn to get her voice right.” And Tina Turner? “I realized that she lifts her shoulders and scrunches her neck,” Véronic observes of the “Private Dancer” singer. “I went into my dressing room and got my highest high-heels and put them on—and there she was. She came out of the blue, just like that.”

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