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Tiny singer gains big attention on YouTube

By: Heather Green-Oliver - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jan 31, 2014 - 2:10 PM |
One little girl from Azilda is gaining big attention on YouTube.

Nine-year-old Veronica Villeneuve's rendition of "Say Something" has reached more than 10,000 views after only a week online.

Her parents, Jodie and Pat, say they never imagined the video, which was filmed during an audition for Café-Musique's SuperSTARS Vocal Competition, would ever get that many hits.

"We posted the video for friends and family that live in different areas," Jodie said. "It just happened that some body else heard it, posted it and shared it with friends."

The song, originally done by A Great Big World, is a breakup song known for its emotionally charged lyrics, but that doesn't seem to phase Veronica.

"My singing teacher taught me how to sing it with more feeling," she said.

Though she has been taking lessons for two years, her mom said Veronica has been singing to the radio since she was two years old.

"She would sing along to the songs and it would freak us out because it was in tune all the time."

This is the third year that Veronica has entered the Café-Musique's SuperSTARS Vocal Competition. She was the winner in 2013.

The next batch of audtions will be held on Feb. 8 at the Place Bonaventure Mall in Chelmsford.

If the judges are impressed with Veronica's performance, she will move on to compete at the Café-Heritage Festival SuperSTARS Vocal Competition on June 14 at the Azilda Arena.

"We're absolutely proud and just amazed that somebody that little can sing like that," Pat said.

"It still blows me away."
Heather Green-Oliver

Heather Green-Oliver

Staff Writer

@HGreenOliver

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