I'll be chatting with Todd Killian on his podcast "Christmas Clatter" coming up next week - Thursday, Nov 26 - American Thanksgiving! In the meantime, big thanks to Todd for reviewing my new Christmas album "Chrismtas Present".
“Christmas Present” gives us the warmth and timelessness that we love about great Christmas albums. McMaster’s vocals are soulful and the perfect modern sound for these Motown reimaginings. I highly recommend adding “Christmas Present” to your playlist.
I'm honoured to join a wonderful line up of artists being featured in this series which runs October 15 - 18 at the Orillia Opera House.
Oct 15 - Ian Thomas
Oct 16 - Luke McMaster
Oct 17 - Amy Sky
Oct 18 - Maureen Jennings
Each event is like a perfectly mixed cocktail - two parts conversation, one part show and tell, one part question and answer and splashed with a dash of the unexpected. Each event includes on 60 minute interview set and ends with a post-show question and answer from the stage. Each artist will bring their own unique musical journey to life. And, everyone comes away with the true story behind the artist.
Call (705) 326-8011 to book! Our Box Office is open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm and 11am to showtime on performance days. On Sunday & Monday performance days, the Box Office is open 2 hours prior to showtime.
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Neo soul music phenomenon Luke McMaster is back for the holiday season, bringing a gift of soulful holiday cheer. Set for release on October 16th,Christmas Present delivers a sleigh full of original songs alongside time-honored Christmas classics.
“Would it still be Christmas if we couldn’t be together?” McMaster sings in the album’s title track, expressing gratitude for the gift of cherished time spent with loved ones. It’s a sentiment many are feeling deeply these days, and McMaster gives everyone room to reflect as well as reason to celebrate.
On songs ranging from “This Christmas” and “Let It Snow” to “Silver Bells,” McMaster presents well-worn classics with a soulful spin. He delivers the hit “Wonderful Christmastime” in a laid-back fashion that invites listeners to kick back and lift a glass. Meanwhile, his upbeat “Christmas Must Be Tonight” sets a joyous tone for a tale of the very first Christmas. The album closes with McMaster’s stirring take on Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” — a song that resonates deeply during a year that’s been a challenging one for many.
The upcoming album's lead singles, "Christmas Present" and "Christmas Must Be Tonight" are both available now on all digital streaming platforms.
McMaster, who kicked off his career as one half of the duo McMaster & James, went solo in 2002, shifting his focus to songwriting and collaborating with artists such as Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Nick Carter, and Kalan Porter. He recorded several EPs and albums, including Time in 2008, as well as 2013’s All Roads. The latter album featured the hit “Good Morning, Beautiful;” recorded with Grammy-nominated pianist Jim Brickman, the song peaked on the US Billboard AC Radio charts at #3. McMaster went on to release Heart of Soul in 2014 and 2016’s Trending.
Early in 2020, McMaster released Songs of Smokey, an homage to the soul legend who has been influential in his own career. Each of McMaster’s solo projects features his modern twist on the classic Motown sound. Set for release on Green Hill Productions, Christmas Present is no exception, delivering a lineup of songs that’s guaranteed to keep the holidays warm, lively, and bright.
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New Music Friday!
I've got some new "old" music coming your way this Friday! "Sunny" is a popluar soul/jazz tune first written and recorded by Bobby Hebb back in 1966. It's since been released by many great singers including Frank Sinatra, James Brown and my personal hero, Marvin Gaye. I'm really pleased to share my fresh take on this classic tune with you. Release is scheduled for Friday, August 7. Stream or download from this link and be sure to let me know what you think!
I loved our time together through the spring with Smokey Sunday's and Motown Monday's. It was a blast and really filled my cup as I hope it did yours. But now that life is picking up again and days seem shorter (just when they should be longer ha), I decided to change things up. I'm looking forward to offering you a weekly dose of acoustic soul in my new Lunch w/ Luke livestream series that will take place on Wednesdays at 12 pm EST starting Wed, July 15.
These weekly events will be short but sweet! A 10 minute session of soothing acoustic soul for that mid-day boost we all need.
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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF A MOTOWN LEGEND
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...
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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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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.
Glenn Gould Studio
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Toronto, ON M5V 3G5
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
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.
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!
Cheer my friends & thanks for listening!