Joel is all shook up. Donna and George harmonize (6 photos)Thursday, September 20, 2012 by: Jordan Allard
You might not think the average teenager of 2012 would be interested in the king of rock and roll, but Joel Seguin breaks the mold when he dawns his blue suede shoes and white jumpsuit.
Crediting early childhood memories of his father playing hits like 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Jailhouse Rock', Seguin couldn't help but fall in love with Elvis Presley.
So you can excuse him for getting all shook up when he hits the stage dressed just like his idol.
“I've liked Elvis as far back as I can remember,” said Seguin (pictured above, center). “When I was younger my dad would play his music for me and I loved it immediately.”
The 13-year-old grade eight student at Kiwedin Elementary showed off his chops – and pipes – at the Sault Ste. Marie Finnish resthome on Wednesday evening as part of Donna Carroll and George Desgagnes' karaoke show.
Dressed in a sparkled white jumpsuit tailored by his mother, Seguin sings just for the fun of it right now, but an interest in performing has been acquired thanks to inspiration from his Elvis impersonation.
"I love to perform," said Seguin. "I don't see stopping this. I'm having too much fun."
While Seguin may be a little bit rock and rock, Carroll and Desgagnes are definitely more country.
“My parents always loved country music and I'm the same. I've been around it all my life,” Carroll said.
Donna (above, left) and her husband George (right) joined forces and voices 10 years ago and have been have been visiting retirement homes across the city with their karaoke machine ever since.
Combining a love for country and the elderly, entertaining the old and young at heart has been heartwarming for the duo.
“This is so rewarding,” said Carroll. “I love doing this and I always have a smile on my face after entertaining the folks at retirement homes across the city.”
Carroll and Desgagnes put on shows for retirement home crowds five times a month, usually lasting an hour per home.
Working with young Elvis and getting a workout for her pipes, Carroll has helpful advice for those seeking the fountain of youth.
“Singing and dancing keeps you young,” she said. “It’s a good workout and I always leave with a big smile on my face.”