Canadian singer coming to Airdrie
R&B pop singer Luke McMaster will perform at the Airdrie Town and Country Centre on Oct. 16, as part of his All Roads tour.
McMaster was part of the Gold selling Canadian pop duo McMaster and James - a musical duo from Winnipeg who topped the chart in the late 1990s. Since breaking up the duo, McMaster says he has written songs for stars including Rihanna and Nick Lachey, and has released his first solo album in January.
The singerís recent single Good Morning Beautiful charted number three on the Billboard charts for three weeks in a row earlier in the year.
McMaster spoke with the Airdrie City View via email from the road.
Question: How has your musical style evolved since McMaster and James?
Answer: My musical style has evolved in the sense that more of my ďsoulĒ influence is coming through than it did with M&J (McMaster and James), which was more straight ahead pop. All Roads is my first album as a solo artist and it contains my interpretations of some classic Motown and soul tunes, as well as originals like Good Morning Beautiful and the title track All Roads, which has a real Ď70ís sound to it.
Question: Your sound is described as a mixture of pop adult and soul. What is it that draws you to that genre?
Answer: Ö Soul was a title that was given to me by a reviewer once after hearing me and saying one of the songs reminded him of Hall & Oates... which was very, very flattering. I grew up idolizing Daryl Hall, and he was so obviously influenced by R&B and soul but put his own pop spin on it...like Private Eyes and Maneater were very much a Motown feel, but heíd made them into radio friendly hits that also sounded current and different. It was so inspiring.
Question: What can people expect from your concert?
Answer: A little bit of everything actually. The concert is very representative of the fact that Iíve had music out that has been very classic/Motown influenced, but Iíve had a song like New York City out that has been remixed by TITUS1 with a more electro feel over a soulful pop vocal. Iím lucky to have an incredible band that is so multi-talented. Joel Schwartz plays guitar in the band and heíll play electric guitar, but then he can play acoustic and even mandolin on some songs like my song Tuscan Skies that has a Mediterranean vibe. Chris Briscoe aka DJ Briscoe spins tracks, record scratches, raps, plays Cajon (percussion), and Arua Chaturvedi plays piano, organ, and sings backup. You can definitely expect a lot of fun, because we have so much fun as a band and it is infectious.
Question: How would you describe the energy or atmosphere of your live performance?
Answer: Thereís truly something for everyone in the show but the common thread is that there is a lot of soul in all of the music and a lot of warmth.
We love to make people smile and really have a conversation with them through the music as well as chatting about my journey, starting out as a street busker, playing in bar bands, being a wedding singer, how that inspired a song, writing a song by buying a Ukelele and driving past a burger joint.
As I said, it becomes a conversation and we love playing and getting the audience feeling like they arenít just hearing a bunch of songs in a row, because if that were the case they could have stayed home and listened to a CD.
Tickets for the all ages show are $30 and are available at tickets.buzztix.com/event/allroadsairdrie.