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Tribute concert will honour Houston, Summer and Marie

When Bermudian singer Rochelle Simons Lecomte first heard that Whitney Houston had died she cried her eyes out.

In the last three years the world has lost several legendary female singers including Donna Summer and Teena Marie.

For this reason, Ms Lecomte decided to hold a tribute concert to these three music icons next month at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts.

“I like Whitney Houston the most out of the three,” she said. “I got the news that she had died from my sister, Mary, who was living in Canada. She called me and said ‘are you looking at the news'. My whole body went limp. It was the most devastating news I had heard because I was one of her biggest fans. I remember when she first came out. I was amazed by her song ‘You Give Good Love'. It is still my favourite Whitney song today.”

Three singers will perform popular songs from these popular divas including Ms Lecomte's daughter Rovonne Roberts, Verlencia Aberdeen and Teanne Trott. Dion Ming will also sing a duet with Ms Trott. The Halos will provide backup.

Ms Lecomte said she had chosen which songs would be sung by which performers, very carefully.

“Rovonne will be doing songs from Teena Marie,” she said. “Verlencia Aberdeen will be doing some songs from Whitney. Choosing a song is like trying on clothes. I have chosen songs that I know will be appropriate for the vocalists. Verlencia is a high soprano. Whitney is a boisterous singer, and I don't want people to be getting on stage and try to copy her and do songs that don't suit them. Teanne Trott will be doing Donna Summer. Everyone's favourite from Donna summer is ‘I Feel Love'. She will also be doing a little bit of Whitney. Dion Ming is also an extraordinary vocalist. He and Teanne will be doing a duet called ‘I Have This Kiss Forever'. Whitney performed it with Enrique Iglesias.”

Jamie Zuill, will be performing ‘Heaven Knows' with Ms Lecomte, a song performed by Donna Summer with the Brooklyn Dreams group.

Ms Lecomte, 56, started performing at seven years old with a group called The Upper Room Quintet. At 12 years old she started singing duets with her younger sister Mary. Her parents Sylvia and Russell Simons were quite musical and would often play the guitar and sing after Sunday evening supper or during family get-togethers. In 1979 Ms Lecomte moved to the United States to take her musical career further, and became the first Bermudian female to be signed with a major label, Warner Brothers. Her hit ‘Magic Men' reached 11 on the New York billboard charts and topped the British charts in 1984. She gave up her musical career to return home when her father became ill.

Today, she doesn't perform as often as she did in previous years, but she did her first tribute concert to Michael Jackson after he died in 2009.

“I did that last year and it went very well,” she said. “People were calling the talk shows to praise us.”

Other performers in the show will include Teresa Whitter, Shaydrina Hassell, James Richardson, Jonathan Tankard, Sydney Simmons, Rick Hawke, Keith Caisey, Rickeesha Binns, Charo Hollis, Pamela Hill and Jade Minors.

The show will be on November 2 at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts at CedarBridge Academy. Doors will open at 7.30pm and show time is at 8.30pm. VIP tickets are $125 and general admission is $85 from Caesar's Pharmacy in Somerset, Secrets, Shannon's and 27th Century Boutique. Part of the proceeds will go to the Sunshine League. My daughter is also on the committee with the Sunshine League.

Singing tribute: Rochelle Simons Lecomte, of Jamais Productions, which has organised a tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Teena Marie.

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Published October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm)

Tribute concert will honour Houston, Summer and Marie

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