Voices in Public
Voices in Public
|Origin||Barrie, Ontario, Canada|
|Past members||Marty Beecroft |
Voices in Public was formed in the late 1990s by Beecroft, Coulson and Heslip, three friends who attended high school in Barrie. They practised, wrote and arranged songs, and performed occasionally while completing their undergraduate degrees, and added Luciano to form a quartet.
V.I.P. were featured heavily in Disney's The Music Man (2002), alongside Matthew Broderick.
The band won the Best New Group Award at the 1999 Canadian Radio Music Awards, and a Genie Award for Best Original Song in 2000 for "One Thing to Say", their contribution to the film Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang. The band released several music videos in the late 1990s, and sang "O Canada" for various major league sporting events.
V.I.P. released a Christmas album entitled Let it Snow in 2004.
After Voices in Public disbanded, Coulson, Beecroft and Heslip went on to release a country album entitled After Tuesday in 2006. Heslip and Beecroft composed the original score for Universal Vivendi feature film Dark Rising in 2007. Heslip worked as a music teacher, counsellor, vice-principal and District Principal in Mission, British Columbia. Luciano became a lawyer in Toronto. Coulson co-hosted Rogers Local TV's "Daytime" in Barrie until 2012. Beecroft and Coulson continue to work on music / film projects. Beecroft currently works at Microsoft. Coulson is a Financial Advisor. Luciano is a member of 4Skor, a Toronto based vocal group.
- "Music After Tuesday release debut CD". Oct 20, 2006 Huntsville Forester
- "A VIP in the pop music scene is headed for the top with the boys from Barrie". Guelph Alumnus, Spring 2000, page 22.do
- "Barrie's Coulson sings from the heart on first solo album". Apr 06, 2015 by Laurie Watt Barrie Advance
- "Barrie singer pours own life into latest music project". Barrie Examiner, By Susan Doolan, November 22, 2013
- "Coulson goes solo with new album". Oct 25, 2013 by Leigh Blenkhorn, Barrie Advance