Suzie McNeil song aims to boost Canadian Olympians
Canadian singer Suzie McNeil has performed a version of her single, Believe, with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in a fundraiser for Canada's winter Olympians.
The rock singer, who competed to become the lead singer of INXS in a 2005 reality TV series, appears with the Ottawa-based orchestra and three Canadian Olympians in a music video launched Monday.
Freestyle skier Steve Omischl, figure skater Joannie Rochette and speed skater Clara Hughes are shown in the video training for the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"I've won everything else in the sport except for an Olympic medal. It's all I'm really shooting for," said Omischl, who will beaiming for his third Olympics in 2010.
"That's why this song, when I first heard it, I was like, 'This is like my career.' "
McNeil, who has been working on her solo career in Los Angeles and also appeared in the Toronto version of the stage musical We Will Rock You, approached Olympic sponsor Bell with the idea of creating a song and video download as an Olympic fundraiser.
In the resulting piece, McNeil sings a rock-orchestral version of Believe backed by the 61-piece NAC Orchestra conducted by Dave Pierce.
"It's out there for people to get excited about the Olympics and bring the country together," McNeil said. "The bottom line is that we need to support our athletes so that they can win golds."
Proceeds from sales will go to Own the Podium — the national program designed to help Canada top the Olympic medal standings in 2010.
Canada won 24 medals in Turin, good for third place,but will need about 35 to come out on top in Vancouver.
Audio downloads on a dedicated Bell website cost 99 cents,of which60 centsis destined for Olympians.
With files from the Canadian Press