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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:48

It’s been a dream career for Nicks ... errr ... Myers

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This is Julie C. Myers, not Stevie Nicks. This is Julie C. Myers, not Stevie Nicks. Photo contributed

Rock icon Stevie Nicks has never met Julie Myers before, through no fault of Myers.

Myers is a dead ringer for Nicks, both in looks and voice. She has turned that into a kickstart for her career in entertainment.
However, Myers admits after many unsuccessful attempts at meeting with Nicks through agents, a mutual webmaster and acquaintances including the ex-wife of Mick Fleetwood, Myers has decided to stop her Nicks pursuit. AKA “Nearly Nicks” learned of an interview Nicks’ brother had stated of her intensely private sister.
“I learned that her brother said she doesn’t like people who imitate her, all of that ‘impersonator crap,’” says the affable Myers with a chuckle.
Myers will bring her show Dreams: A Classic Rock Fantasy with Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart (Johnny Moroko and Martin D. Andrew) to the Yates Memorial Theatre in Lethbridge Oct. 21 and to the Esplanade in Medicine Hat Oct. 22.
Perhaps Nicks may reconsider her attitude after learning about Myers.
Originally from Memphis, she spent a lot of time performing in Las Vegas as a backup singer, main attraction singer and even a dancer. She married a Canadian and is now based in Winnipeg.
Myers proudly explains The Dreams show is not just a tribute concert where she sings in a raspy voice, does the famous Nicks hair toss while her and Moroko and Andrew get out there for a handful of songs and do tribute jukebox. Dreams is actually more an elaborate rock musical which tells a story.
Dreams was co-written by Myers and Andrew after they met through mutual industry friends. The story deals with her father who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and goes through a dream sequence with all of his favourite performers who enter his dream and perform a story and songs within the main story.
The story hits close to home as Myers says she was inspired to write the musical after learning of the positive power of music and songs in treating Alzheimer’s patients. Her father has Alzheimers and proceeds of the show go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
While the show deals with a heavy subject, Myers says it’s very PG-rated.
“My grandchildren loved it,” says Myers. “They were a little unsure of the mime at one point in the show, but they loved it. It’s a show for all ages.”
It’s an elaborate set with what she describes as “huge gear” and it’s very futuristic, with a great lightshow.
“We’re really excited to get out there (on the Canadian tour),” she adds. “There’s a lot of energy in the show. We re-produce them when each was in their heyday. We get a lot of people coming out from all ages from grandchildren going with their grandmas and the younger ones enjoy it. There’s a lot of crap out there (music wise) now. It’s a small catalogue worth of music and, don’t get me wrong, some of it has its place, but kids are hungry for substance in their music “
This is Myers’ first full Canadian tour. She has noticed Canadians are little more reserved than audiences in the U.S.
The engaging Memphis native says that’s just fine. She can tell they are enjoying the show and appreciative of the show’s performers, but they aren’t getting over-the-top emotional about it either.
“I never get stopped at Canadian airports, even in Winnipeg,” says Myers where she spends a lot of time. “However, in L.A., Chicago (etc.), I’m swarmed. I guess up here people are a little more reserved and less starstruck.”
Being from Tennessee, it seemed like destiny for Myers to be in the entertainment industry. While she came from a musical-minded family, Tennessee is not necessarily all about country music. Myers says Nashville certainly is, but Memphis is much more rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll.
Her grandmother was a classmate of the late Elvis Presley. Young Julie was musical and liked to dance constantly from the time she was in a playpen all the way to high-school cheer teams.
“I had a passion for (entertaining people),” explains Myers. “(I) went to university, but I’d be playing in theme parks and doing musicals.”
She, along with one of her brothers, set off to find fame and fortune in Las Vegas and she eventually landed on the famous Legends impersonator shows as back-up singer.
After a serious knee injury in a show in Lake Tahoe forced her to stop dancing in the early 1990s, Myers got out of entertainment altogether and became a skin care specialist — another one of her passions.
She was dealt a lot of serious blows including losing a long-time boyfriend to a drug overdose and another of her brothers to an unexpected death.
Myers says after years of being an entertainer, she left the industry for a while to move to Florida to help her mother look after her ailing father.
It was there while at a hair salon where her reincarnation as a quasi-Stevie Nicks /impersonator was born.
Myers said people had told her she a resemblance to an adult Linda Blair or Carrie Fisher, but when a hair stylist suggested she grow out her bangs, people told her how much she looked like Stevie Nicks.
Wanting to get back into the entertainment field she remembered her enjoyable time as a low-paid back up   singer, but as the main legend, there was money to be made..
“Me and Stevie just kinda morphed,” recalls Myers.
She considers herself an entertainer first and foremost but when pressed she hedges towards the “more of an actress playing the role of a singer in dreams” as opposed to “being a singer who acts in a musical.”
“I’ll never win an academy award or a Grammy, but a Tony (for theatre) would be nice,” she adds laughing.
Maybe then, Nicks would appreciate and acknowledge Myers’ talent.

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