Lo­cal singer pays trib­ute to Alan Jack­son at Bur­rough’s Falls jam

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Stephane Se­vi­gny comes from a long line of tal­ented mu­si­cians and singers. In his case, mu­sic re­ally is a fam­ily tra­di­tion.

Se­vi­gny will be pre­sent­ing a trib­ute to Alan Jack­son as part of the Coun­try Mu­sic Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Jam on Nov. 17, 2018 at the Bur­roughs Falls Dance Hall.

A na­tive of Ile D’or­leans, now a Town­ships res­i­dent, Se­vi­gny was the right choice for an Alan Jack­son Trib­ute. His voice is sim­i­lar to Jack­son’s voice and he shares the same val­ues as the fa­mous singer and as the CMAJ: fam­ily, tra­di­tions, sim­plic­ity, kind­ness, and sin­cere, hon­est emo­tions. It is al­ways from the heart! Get this right, mu­si­cians are a fam­ily!

Se­vi­gny can’t re­mem­ber a time when mu­sic wasn’t part of his life. “In the 1930s, with my grandma on the pi­ano and grandpa on the Hawai­ian gui­tar, they per­formed as a duo. Later their six sons would join in the fam­ily band to per­form,” said Se­vi­gny.

“In the 1960s my father formed his own band, The Mid­night Blue, and in the 1970s, me, my cousin Marc, my un­cle Richard and my father got to­gether and started per­form­ing as the Se­vi­gny Band, play­ing at the Evo­lu­tion Hall in Sher­brooke for many years, in front of big crowds.”

On his mother’s side of the fam­ily, ev­ery­one sings for the plea­sure, only his aunt Bon­nie has been singing lo­cally with dif­fer­ent bands. Se­vi­gny still re­mem­bers the old three-string gui­tar at his grand­par­ents’ house. “I was not the first kid to learn on it,” he said.

He’s known that be­ing on stage and en­ter­tain­ing was some­thing he wanted since he was a kid. When his father sang, har­monies came to him nat­u­rally. “I love mu­sic but what gets my at­ten­tion first is al­ways the beauty of the har­monies.”

Like most singers, Se­vi­gny started singing for the fam­ily and then a first solo per­for­mance at a Christ­mas school con­cert. He sang ‘The Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy’.”

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