“I Don’t Believe In Miracles” Singer CB Victoria (Edwin Coppard) Has Died
May 11, 2019 – A message was posted today on his Facebook page that read, “It is with the deepest sadness and heart-wrenching sorrow that the family announces the sudden passing of our Edwin. He passed away suddenly in Japan while doing what he loved, surrounded by longtime and beloved associates, students, and friends.’
His days as a pop star and his stage name CB Victoria (which seemed like a mashup of Victoria, B.C.) were long gone but Coppard had graduated to something closer to his heart. He spent the majority of his life motivating other people to find their voices and their passion. He truly found his lane when working one-on-one with people or in groups inspiring many to let that voice out.
He moved to Canada as a kid from Kingston-upon-Thames, England. He attended High School in east Vancouver and quickly got back into music. In 1965 there was the Deacons which evolved in the Hollywood Shockers which turned into The Shocker who would win Battle of the Bands at the P.N.E. In 1966. In 1968 he was in a new band Penny Whistle and by 1970 he formed Trilogy.
His first taste of national stardom in Canadia came in 1975 with his hit “Come and See my Man.” It peaked at #19 on the Toronto CHUM charts. The following year came, “I Don’t Believe In Miracles.” Though he was often compared to Elton John it was the second single that had some DJ’s saying, “CB Victoria sounds more like Elton John than Elton John does.” “I Don’t Believe In Miracles.” peaked anywhere from #10-#20 on various radio station charts across the country. The tune was written by another Brit Russ Ballard who was in the band Argent with Rod Argent of the Zombies. In face Zombies, lead singer Colin Blunstone also recorded, “I Don’t Believe In Miracles.” Ballard’s songs have been recorded by Three Dog Night, Hot Chocolate, Santana and America just to name a few.
Coppard actually opened for Tony Robbins for over 10 years and he was great at getting singer, presenters to be present, confident and calm on stage. To not be afraid. He helped folks find their “Hero’s Voice.” as he put it.
On his website he wrote, What is your Hero’s Voice?
It’s what will get you:
Clarity on your message
Purity in your voice
Influence & Impact over your audience
Transformational confidence in your speech
Deep motivation to continue on your mission, unwavering to anything else
Can you imagine your audience roaring for an encore?
Prospects running to the back of the room to claim their spot to work with you?
Lasting impact beyond that stage, because you now have a year’s worth of clients?
An empire of fans excited to share your message?
Thanks to Ray McGinnis of http://vancouversignaturesounds.com for such great info on Edwin Coppard – by John Beaudin
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