New Music Release - Live with Luke Vol. 1 

Over the last year and half (or maybe a little longer!) I've been putting producing weekly live streams.  It started as a way to continue to perform when everything got shut down and turned into so much more.  It became the light in my week and an opportunity to connect with many of you on a really personal level.  I learned a lot over the course of 80+ streams and now I'm so excited to share my first acoustic live album with all of you!  Stream it now on your favourite service:  https://smarturl.it/livewithlukev1

Thanks for streaming & sharing! 

 

Club Soul Just Got Better Than Ever - Newsletter Mar 2, 2021 

 

I'm excited to share with you that we've just made it easier than ever for you to access all the music and content you want at Club Soul!  I'll tell you all about it but first, I want to let you know what's coming up this month.

Wednesday, March 10 - I've got a guest for your Club Soul exclusive event!  This month, I'll be joined by bass player extraordinaire, Calvin Beale.  You're invited to tune in for our dress rehearsal on the evening of March 10... what are we rehearsing for?

Friday, March 19 - Woot! It's a "live" show from one of my favourite venues, The Aeolian (London, ON).  Yes! Ontario is starting to open up a little again and we are allowed to go into venues for live streaming concerts.  Still no live audience but it's a step in the right direction :)  This concert is part of Aeolian Phoenix Sessions. 

There are 2 ways to access this show:
1. You can subscribe to Aeolian Phoenix Sessions.  It's $20 for the full month.  You'll get my show along with access to 3 other fantastic artists or,
2. As a Club Soul member, you can access an exclusive link to my show only for $10

Now, I promised that we' are making things easier and I wasn't exaggerating.  Since we started Club Soul, we've tried a number of different ways to share content - zoom, facebook live, youtube, streamyard etc.  Maybe it was confusing at times...

So from now on, all Club Soul content, no matter which platform I'm using, will stream directly to my website.  Just go to lukemcmaster.com/club-soul where you'll find the latest live stream plus archives of past events.  FYI, you can also easily manage your subscription from tthe same page.  Just scroll to the bottom and look for "My Account".  It doesn't get much easier than that, now does it :)

See you soon and in the meantime, stay soulful,
xoxLuke

 

Luke McMaster
www.lukemcmaster.com

P.S. Tune in tomorrow (Wednesday at 12PM EST ) for Lunch w/ Luke Ep 34, your 10 minute acoustic soul mid-week break! Watch on Facebook or Youtube.

P.P.S. Reminder for Club Soul members, Friday at 2PM I'll be in my studio working on new music. Remember, if you aren't on facebook, you can join in from my website now :)  See you there!

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Christmas Present Review - Todd Killian of Christmas Clatter 

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.

Read the full review 

 

Artist Life Stories features. Luke McMaster 

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. 

Subscription available for all 4 events of the Artists Life Stories $180.00

Luke McMaster Rings in the Season with Soulful New Christmas Album 

 


For Immediate Release.

Filled with Outstanding New Takes on Classic Songs, ‘Christmas Present’ Arrives October 16th 

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.  

  

For media inquiries please contact: 

Donny Evans 
The Press House 
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New Single: "Sunny" out August 7, 2020 

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!

xoxLuke

 

 

 

Announcing a new weekly livestream! 

 

Hey guys,

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.

See you on my facebook page!

Luke

Broadway World Write up! 

  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...

 

Read the full article.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

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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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TICKETS ON SALE NOW  

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.  

TICKET INFORMATION  

 Glenn Gould Studio  

250 Front Street West  

Toronto, ON M5V 3G5  

www.eventbrite.com 

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