Véronique Béliveau

Born: Montréal, 1955
Debut: 1972
Breakthrough: 1980
Genre: Pop

Some Hits

“Aimer” 1980
“Je suis fidèle” 1983
“C’est un rêveur” 1983
“That Boy” 1983
“Please (Dis-moi c’que tu as)” 1983
“Le Rock” 1983
“(Cache ton coeur) Cover Girl” 1984
Je suis comme je suis” 1984
“Toute la nuit” 1984
Make a Move on Me” 1986
“Jérusalem” (with Marc Gabriel) 1988
“House of Love” 1989

Veronique Beliveau, who was born Nicole Monique, wanted to become a ballerina but rheumatic fever weakened her ability to endure the rigorous exercises. She turned to singing the soft-chanteuse lounge approach and was discovered by Francois Bernard who helped her record the single “Rêve d’amour” in 1972. She toured Quebec with René Simard the following year. She began voice lessons with Laurette Bailly and, in-between her releases of a few more singles, hosted TV shows and took up acting. In 1977, she released her first album Prends-moi come je suis. But her first real hit, “Aimer” appeared on her second, self-titled album in 1980 after she switched to RCA and crossed over from adult contemporary to pop / rock. In 1983, having signed onto A&M, Beliveau released a huge hit album called Transit. Her French cover of Sheena Easton’s “She’s in Love (with her Radio)”, “Je suis fidèle”, topped the charts in Quebec. “C’est un rêveur” was also popular. The album received the Félix Award for pop album of the year and spawned a number of further hits. “Please (Dis-moi c’que tu as)” was written by the Bee Gees as “Heart (Stop Beating in Time)”. Veronique was nominated for the Most Promising Female Artist of the Year at the English-dominated Juno Awards.

In 1984, she released the album Cover Girl, responsible for three hit singles. And her fame began to spread to France. She was invited to participate as one of only three French Canadian artists on the “Tears Are Not Enough” charity single for African famine relief. She performed for Prince Charles and Lady Diana at Expo ’86 in Vancouver and decided to release her first English album, Borderline. English cross-over albums for francophone artists were rarely successful, but she managed a minor hit with “Make a Move on Me”. She was nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the Junos in 1987 and recorded a duet with Marc Gabriel the following year. In 1989, Beliveau released her second English album, Véronique, her last.

Veronique Beliveau retired from the music scene at the close of the ’80s but resurfaced in support of new singer Isabelle Boulay, singing backing vocals. Her boyfriend Josélito Michaud managed Boulay’s career.

One thought on “Véronique Béliveau

  1. Growing up on the border of Quebec I was fortunate to have access to some great radio on Am and FM back in the 70’s and 80’s out of Montreal, Sherbrooke and Quebec City. There were anglo stations but they also played french artists, sadly that no longer is the case – the pretty much all play american and english artists. I still live in the same area and have maintained my obsession with Canadian music but find it harder to discover them at least thru mainstream radio. I think the best time for canadian artstis was in the early 80’s thru mid 90’s on canadian radio, but now they have become so homogenized and basically play american and english artists with an occasional canadian artist thrown in.

    I wish a reissue company would obtain the rights out of print music like Veronique, Martine, Tess, Shari Ulrich, Sue Medley, Parachute Club, One to One and a host of others and release them on CD or at least downloads.

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