I'm thrilled to finally get to share this video with you! "My Life is a Song" featuring the Motown legend Lamont Dozier video is available today. Thank you for watching, giving it the thumbs up on youtube and sharing with friends and colleagues you think will enjoy it too! xoxLuke
Thank you to J.P Squire for covering the the show last night for the Kelowna Daily Courier!
Canadian singer-songwriter Luke McMaster is said to have mastered “the sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.” His stunning R&B/soul concert at Creekside Theatre in Lake Country could have been labelled a tribute or nostalgia performance. It was anything but.
Consider his history.
McMaster has recorded a succession of EPs and albums (2008’s Time EP, 2013’s All Roads, Heart of Soul from 2014 and 2016’s Trending) that contained both originals and sensual interpretations of such favourites as Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours), Roberta Flack’s Feel Like Makin’ Love and the Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.
The final piece to the puzzle was his collaboration with Motown’s legendary Lamont Dozier, writer/producer of 54 No. 1 hits and Rascals’ founder Felix Cavaliere.
Really appreciate J.P. Squire's coverage of my upcoming dates in BC.
Excerpt from The Kelowna Daily Courier
It’s been said what is old is new again.
So it should come as no surprise that Luke McMaster has produced a new album called Icons of Soul, Vol 1, thanks to two R&B masters.
The Canadian singer-songwriter is best known for Good Morning, Beautiful, his 2013 Top 3 Billboard AC smash hit with new age pianist, Jim Brickman, and his impressive Canadian gold album run as a duo with Rob James in McMaster & James (Thank You, Love Wins Everytime). Reviewers often referrred to the latter as the ‘Canadian Hall & Oates.’
McMasters’ latest album is the result of his recent collaboration with Motown’s legendary Lamont Dozier, writer/producer of 54 no. 1 hits (Love Is Like A Heat Wave, I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and You Can’t Hurry Love) and Rascals’ founder Felix Cavaliere (Good Lovin’, Groovin’ and People Got to Be Free). McMaster covered some of their classics and wrote new music with these Rock and Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inductees.
Thanks to Brendan Kergin at the Kamloops Matter for covering my upcoming date at the Blue Grotto with Andrew Allen! Here's the story:
Feb 18, 2019 4:59 PM by: Brendan Kergin
Bringing a cross of Motown and modern pop, Luke McMaster is performing at the Blue Grotto next month.
The March 5 show will feature material from the singer/songwriter's latest project "Icons of Soul," during which McMaster wrote with a pair of Motown legends: Lamont Dozier (whose songwriting credits include "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)") and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals (the guys who sang "Good Lovin'" among others).
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Promoting his new album, Icons of Soul, Vol. 1
Luke McMaster tours the Maritimes with Ian Sherwood, Jan. 31 – Feb. 9
Tickets for all shows are on sale now!
(Halifax, NS) – Promoting his ambitious new project that offers a refreshing twist, Manitoba-born singer-songwriter Luke McMaster returns to the Maritimes to tour with Ian Sherwood, Jan. 31- Feb. 9.
Paying tribute to classic R&B songwriting, McMaster’s fourth studio album, Icons of Soul, Vol. 1 uniquely marries contemporary blue-eyed soul songwriting with the music of legendary Motown hit makers.
Upcoming Maritime performances include:
Jan. 31 Fredericton, NB Fredericton Playhouse
Feb. 1 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre
Feb. 2 Georgetown, PE King’s Playhouse
Feb. 3 Pictou, NS deCoste Centre
Feb. 4 Wolfville, NS Al Whittle Theatre *presented by Deep Roots
Feb. 5 Halifax, NS The Carleton
Feb. 6 Liverpool NS Astor Theatre
Feb. 7 Truro, NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Feb. 9 Annapolis Royal King’s Theatre
All shows include Ian Sherwood except for the Feb. 4 date in Wolfville.
For tickets and show details visit: lukemcmaster.com/tour.
Aside from covering some of the classic immortal chart-toppers written by Rascals founder Felix Cavaliere (“Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” and “People Got to Be Free”) and Motown sensation Lamont Dozier of Holland/Dozier/Holland (“Love Is Like A Heat Wave,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” and “You Can’t Hurry Love”) - both members of the Rock ‘N Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame - McMaster co-wrote two songs with them for Icons of Soul, Vol. 1. McMaster and his songwriting partner, Arun Chaturvedi both spent time with Cavaliere and Dozier at their respective Nashville and Las Vegas homes during the process.
In addition to the album, Icons of Soul, Vol. 1, there will be a documentary of the same name (released in Spring 2019), featuring behind the scenes stories and interviews with these iconic artists while tracking the progress of the Icons of Soul project itself.
McMaster is best known for “Good Morning, Beautiful,” his 2013 Top 3 Billboard AC smash hit with new age pianist, Jim Brickman and his impressive Canadian gold album run as a duo with Rob James in McMaster & James, (“Thank You,” “Love Wins Everytime,”) with media often referring to them as the “Canadian Hall & Oates.”
When he turned solo in 2002, McMaster launched a more focused songwriting career and had songs placed on multi-platinum and gold albums by Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Nick Carter and Kalan Porter (7 million sales and counting). He also recorded a succession of EPs and albums (2008’s Time EP, 2013’s All Roads, 2014’s Heart of Soul and 2016’s Trending) that contained both originals and sensual interpretations of such favourites as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and the Bee Gees “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”
Which brings us full circle to Icons of Soul, Vol. 1 inspired in part by publishing giant Leeds Levy, president of Leeds Music, a director of ASCAP and a former president of Chrysalis Music Group and MCA Music Publishing (Elton John, Elvis Presley, OutKast) who planted the initial seed of the idea following a chance meeting with McMaster in Los Angeles.
For more information on Luke McMaster, visit: lukemcmaster.com. To hear Icons of Soul, Vol. 1, visit: lukemcmaster.com/music.
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Luke McMaster Teams Up with icons of early Motown and soul music on his latest project ICONS OF SOUL, uniquely marrying contemporary hit songwriting with legendary hit songwriters.
Toronto, ON… Icons of Soul, Luke McMaster’s ambitious new project, offers a refreshing twist. Not only is Brandon, Manitoba-born purveyor of contemporary blue-eyed soul paying tribute to classic R&B songwriting legends on his upcoming fourth album: he’s recruiting them.
“I’m collaborating with legends like Lamont Dozier and Felix Cavaliere on some new originals,” says McMaster, the Toronto-based singer, songwriter and producer best known for “Good Morning, Beautiful,” his 2013 Top 3 Billboard AC smash with new age pianist Jim Brickman.
“And what’s especially cool about this project is that they’re still hungry: as much as I’m learning from these masters who wrote unforgettable hits that have formed the soulful soundtrack of my life, they’re equally excited to work with me and my songwriting partner Arun Chaturvedi to write something fresh.”
In addition to covering some of the classic immortal chart-toppers written by Rascals’ Cavaliere (“Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “People Got to Be Free”) and Motown sensation Dozier of Holland/Dozier/Holland (“(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “You Can’t Hurry Love”) – both members of the Rock ‘N Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame -McMaster co-wrote two songs apiece with the prodigies at their respective Nashville and Las Vegas homes, capturing the occasions on camera for a corresponding Icons of Soul documentary series. Segments from the documentary will be screened as part of the live concert presentation, helping to bring the entire experience alive for McMaster’s concert audiences.
See Luke McMaster’s Icons of Soul at Aeolian Hall in London Ontario on Friday, September 7, 2018. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and can be purchased online at www.aeolianhall.ca or by calling the Box Office at 519.672.7950.
For a complete list of upcoming tour dates visit www.lukemcmaster.com
About Luke McMaster: Formerly one half of Gold selling Canadian duo McMaster & James, Luke McMaster cut his teeth on some of the biggest acts of the day, including sharing the stage with Randy Bachman, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and more. An in-demand songwriter with multiple credits and collaborations with such global superstars as Rihanna and soul music icons like Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Luke’s first love has always been singing, performing and connecting with his audience.
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If you’re going to lay down tracks with an iconic artist (a.k.a. Felix Cavaliere), you’d better have the right gear!
So, we decided a quick trip to the famous Blackbird Audio was in order, and wow, speaking of the right gear!! Our goal: to rent the iconic U87 microphone (just had to do it). Countless producers have used the Neumann U87 to capture vocals, guitars, pianos, and all sorts of other instruments on some of the greatest songs in popular music since the 1950s. This is the same mic used to record Sam Cooke for instance, and it’s loved by artists around the world for its unique warmth and unparalleled quality. Plus, it just feels insanely cool when you sing into it ;)
Next thing you know, we're back in Felix's studio, we've got the U87 set up and we're chatting about some harmonies we're about to record. At this point, I'm thinking, “This is WILD. Felix is the King of blue eyed soul and truly one of my vocal heroes. Now I’m singing harmonies with him. Can somebody find me an Emoji of a head exploding??” no joke (you can probably see all this in my face)
Once we are seamlessly plugged in, we set to recording the vocal harmonies for Soul Love…and as promised, here’s a little taste for you...
The documentary sizzle reel is in editing and we’re on pins and needles waiting to see it and to share it with you!
The ICONS OF SOUL project has truly become a labour of love for me so it seems appropriate to be launching the new page on Valentine’s Day.
As promised, I’m going to take you behind the scenes on this whole project and first up, we’re going to walk through Arun’s and my recent trip to Nashville where we filmed the sizzle reel for the ICONS OF SOUL documentary.
This is an ambitious project and one that involves a lot of creativity and passion for music. Which is why I was thrilled when we immediately hit it off with videographer/producer Chris St. Croix! Being a musician himself (perhaps no great surprise as he lives in Nashville), Chris totally gets what we're trying to achieve and we felt a lot of synergy on the set. We got Chris on the other side of the camera for just a couple of minutes.
Speaking of the set, we filmed the trailer at Felix Cavaliere’s home studio in Nashville. I’ve got to give a huge shout out to the King of Blue Eyed Soul for opening his home and his life up to us. Felix has been incredible to work with on all fronts. First of all, this Hall of Fame inductee is an incredible musician with a killer set of pipes - thankfully you’ll get to appreciate his offerings on a few of the ICONS OF SOUL tracks. Second, Felix Cavaliere is a complete gentleman and a pleasure to work with. And to top it off, he’s got the best stories - which I promise we’ll share with you over the course of these posts and in the documentary itself.
In my next post, I’ll include a short video clip of the recording session where we laid down harmonies on Soul Love with Felix. Happy Heart Day my friends! xoxLuke