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Celebrating 60 years of a Motown legend

http://Luke McMaster Celebrates 60 Years of a Motown Legend with 'Songs of Smokey'

Well-known as a purveyor of blue-eyed soul, Luke McMaster sets the bar ever higher with each project he takes on. His latest album has the singer-songwriter delivering classics by a music icon who Bob Dylan deemed America's "greatest living poet" and who played a key role in transforming Motown into a pop music landmark. Songs of Smokey pays tribute to the artistry that made Smokey Robinson a soul legend - each song delivered with McMaster's signature style.

 

Set for release on February 7th by Green Hill Productions, Songs of Smokey features McMaster's reimagining of Robinson's most beloved Motown hits, from his percussive twist on "Ooo Baby Baby" to his soul-baring take on "Tears of a Clown." With its caressing vocals and acoustic backing, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" is transformed into a gentle love letter, while "Cruisin'" maintains its distinctive Smokey delivery through McMaster's silky falsetto

Luke joins Jim Brickman for a 25th Anniversary Concert at Glenn Gould Studio 

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JIM BRICKMAN CELEBRATES HIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY GREATEST HITS TOUR IN TORONTO  

Piano Sensation announces concert at the Glenn Gould Studio   

Saturday, April 4, 2020  

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CALENDAR INFORMATION  

WHAT: Jim Brickman   

WHEN:  Saturday, April 4th – 8:00pm  

WHERE: Glenn Gould Studio  

PRICES:  $98.50 & $50 CA  

INFO: Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year with the 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits LIVE concert for One Night Only! Special Guest Luke McMaster.  

Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist presents his most entertaining romantic concert of the year, 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits LIVE.  Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart.  Brickman leads the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like “Angel Eyes,” “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life.”  Jim Brickman in concert strikes the perfect balance of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling and a personal connection with every seat filled.  

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 Glenn Gould Studio  

250 Front Street West  

Toronto, ON M5V 3G5  

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Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist presents his most entertaining romantic concert of the year, the 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits LIVE concert for One Night Only! .  Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart.  Brickman leads the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like “Angel Eyes,” “Valentine,” “If You Believe” and “Love of My Life.”    Saturday, April 4th, the ever-popular pianist will fill the Glenn Gould Studio with laughter, joy and musical spirit.  

“Brickman makes magical music and evokes warm sentiments,” says Billboard Magazine.   

Join Jim Brickman with Special Guest Luke McMaster at the Glenn Gould Studio  on Saturday, April 4, 2020.   

About Jim Brickman  

Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style and captivating live performances, have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music.   

The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 22 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles.  He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, Gospel Music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, a Canadian Country Music Award, and is a member of Pandora’s “2 Billion Songs” Club.  

Born in Cleveland, Ohio Brickman is one of pop-music’s most fascinating success stories.  He jumped from a career as a jingle writer of famous tunes for advertising, to reviving the romantic standard of the popular song. His first album release was 1995’s “No Words,” and he’s gone on to sell ten million albums worldwide.  

Brickman’s captivating Live experiences span 25 years, with eclectic performances from the Troubadour, Grand Ole Opry, and Carnegie Hall to thousands of sold-out concerts throughout the world.   

His star-studded vocal collaborations have featured artists like, Martina McBride, Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, and Five For Fighting.  

He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 22nd season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.”  

“Hope,” “Faith” and “Peace” are truly at the heart of Jim Brickman’s passionate songwriting. “I write music to be shared — to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life’s most memorable moments.”  

As a true artist that lives and breathes the music he creates, Jim Brickman is thrilled to introduce fans to his most recent songs and perform them live in concert halls across the world. www.jimbrickman.com  

   

About Luke McMaster  

  Luke McMaster experienced early success as half of the music duo McMaster & James scoring 4 radio hits with their first self-titled album. Despite their initial success, the band dissolved in 2002.   

Since then, McMaster has continued success as a songwriter, producer, solo performer and recording artist. As a solo artist and songwriter, he is best known for his 2013 hit "Good Morning, Beautiful," with Grammy-nominated pianist, Jim Brickman, which peaked on the US Billboard AC Radio charts at #3.   

McMaster’s songs have also appeared albums that have sold an estimated collective total of seven million units, including Rihanna’s “A Girl Like Me” and Nick Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me”.   

Beyond the release of “Raise a Glass”, McMaster's focus is on his new project, Icons of Soul, which is now available on Comcast XFinity On Demand. An ambitious album and TV documentary series containing new material with such iconic songwriters as Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame members Felix Cavaliere (founder of The Rascals) and Motown legend Lamont Dozier of Holland-Dozier-Holland. www.lukemcmaster.com  

   

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New Christmas Album! 

Hi guys,

If you've been following me on socials or checking out my website, you're sure to have noticed that I've got a brand new Christmas album out in 2019.  What makes this album really special for me is that it's full of all original Christmas music. I'm exciting to share these new songs with you and hope that they'll become the soundtrack for your favourite time of year!

You can listen and order "My Favourite Time of Year" now.

xoxLuke

New Music Friday 

Looking for some sultry tunes to complement this hot hot summer weather?  Check out my latest single Soul Love - co-written with the King of Blue Eyed Soul - Felix Cavaliere!  

http://smarturl.it/soul-love

Cheer my friends & thanks for listening!
xoxLuke

 

 

REVIEW: Motown Still Alive in Lake Country 

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.

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McMaster coming to the Okanagan 

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. 

Read the full article online.

On Our Radar: Luke McMaster bringing new sounds of soul to Kamloops 

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).

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Luke McMaster tours the Maritimes with Ian Sherwood, Jan. 31 – Feb. 9   

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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For photos and interview opportunities, contact: 
Wendy Phillips, Phillips Public Relations Ltd. 
902-492-0960 / wendy@pprl.ca

Icons of Soul - Aeolian Hall - Sep 7 

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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For more information please contact Genevieve DeMerchant 
c. 416.801.6771 or e. genny@youwillloveitlive.com

 

Soul Love & the iconic Neuman U87 


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! 

More soon, 

xox Luke