Voices in Public

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Voices in Public
VIP
OriginBarrie, Ontario, Canada
GenresPop
Years active1996–2004
Past membersMarty Beecroft
Glenn Coulson
Joe Heslip
Peter Luciano

Voices in Public (VIP for short) was a Canadian a capella boy band from Barrie, Ontario, consisting of Marty Beecroft, Glenn Coulson, Joe Heslip, and Peter Luciano.

History[edit]

Voices in Public was formed in the late 1990s by Beecroft, Coulson and Heslip, three friends who attended high school in Barrie.[1] They practised, wrote and arranged songs, and performed occasionally while completing their undergraduate degrees, and added Luciano to form a quartet.[2]

V.I.P. were featured heavily in Disney's The Music Man (2002), alongside Matthew Broderick.

The four recorded their first album Do You Think You're Ready?, which led to a hit single, "It's Just My Luck".[3] and two cross-Canada tours.[2]

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.[4][5] 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 break-up[edit]

After Voices in Public disbanded, Coulson, Beecroft and Heslip went on to release a country album entitled After Tuesday in 2006.[1] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Music After Tuesday release debut CD". Oct 20, 2006 Huntsville Forester
  2. ^ a b "A VIP in the pop music scene is headed for the top with the boys from Barrie". Guelph Alumnus, Spring 2000, page 22.do
  3. ^ "Barrie's Coulson sings from the heart on first solo album". Apr 06, 2015 by Laurie Watt Barrie Advance
  4. ^ "Barrie singer pours own life into latest music project". Barrie Examiner, By Susan Doolan, November 22, 2013
  5. ^ "Coulson goes solo with new album". Oct 25, 2013 by Leigh Blenkhorn, Barrie Advance