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December 17, 2013 > MThe Simpson visits Mattos

MThe Simpson visits Mattos

By William Marshak

Mattos Elementary School, a science ÒmagnetÓ in Fremont, recently attracted a bundle of energy direct from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. On Friday, December 6th, in the multipurpose room, students gathered to sing and dance with singer/actress Veronica Powers who has been performing since entering a school talent show at age 5. Among many accomplishments, Veronica is a voiceover veteran of The SimpsonÕs television show. Visiting the Bay Area from her home in Los Angeles to participate in several Bay Area events including visits to Ronald McDonald House, Jack London Square Tree Lighting, Christmas in the Park (San Jose) and the American ChildrenÕs Holiday Parade in Oakland, Veronica found time to share her talents with excited Mattos students, singing pop favorites and signing autographs. She completed her Bay Area visit with a performance along with show business personalities including her voice coach CeCe Sammy at the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation gala on December 9th in San Francisco.

Veronica brings much more than a voice of an animated series to the stage. At age 12, she is a confident, polished performer that enthralled her audience and soon transformed the room to party central. Accompanied by mom and dad as well as her vocal coach, the visit was an introduction of Ms. Powers to fans who might not know about the person behind her voice. She is introducing her debut extended play recording, ÒShimmer.Ó

Parents Travis and Jeanne Powers were surprised by her passion for performing, and didnÕt even know that Veronica, at age 5, entered a school talent show (ÒWe had to watch it on a neighborÕs video since we werenÕt there,Ó says VeronicaÕs father). There is, however, a strong family affinity for show business. Her father is a celebrated sound designer who has a long list of credits including work on The SimpsonÕs television show. On the maternal side, VeronicaÕs grandmother, Jeanne Gray McDonald (aka Jean Lacy) was a television pioneer, president and founder of the Southern California chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television and recipient of a Genii award (named in her honor), recognizing her accomplishments.

Spirited and epitomizing the essence of show business success, Veronica appears to be a natural performer. She says that when beginning her career before a live audience at her elementary school, she was met by the obstacle that Òfirst graders donÕt sing in the talent show,Ó but her audition proved she was an exception. Duplicating the spunk of ÒAnnie,Ó part of her repertoire, Veronica has not stopped since that Òscary but excitingÓ performance in front of 300 people.

Now a veteran performer, Veronica admits to Òjust a littleÓ butterflies when she is about to go on stage, but the excitement overcomes any trepidation. ÒItÕs my world, it what makes me happy. I love being creative and active.Ó Fitting her busy schedule with the demands of school and normal stuff is not easy but she says, ÒIt all works well.Ó Travis adds that VeronicaÕs school is very understanding and flexible. Through much hard work and perseverance, her career is taking off. Her mother recounts the milestones of successful auditions for acting, national commercials, short films and features. ÒShe has quite a resume going, starting at six years old, half her life!Ó Veronica adds that when home with her friends, she tries to Òfit in and stay in touch through texting and social networking when she is away. They have known me since I started school and they know I sing in church, act and sing.Ó

Through appearances, such as her recent performance in Fremont, Veronica adds another enthusiastic circle of friends. Asked about the future, VeronicaÕs passion is evident, ÒI want to start posting more YouTube videos, acapella, writing my own songs and just keep doing what I am doing; mix it all in! Voice Coach CeCe adds that Veronica is currently writing tracks for an album and will be touring the United States to spread the message that Ôyou can dream and be anything you want to be.Õ ThatÕs what I love about her!Ó

For those who missed her local performances, visit Veronica at: www.veronicapowers.com.

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