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.
His current tour of B.C. and Alberta captures the ultimate, authentic musical experience of contemporary blue-eyed soulful songwriters in collaboration with these original hitmakers.
McMaster will be joined by B.C.’s Andrew Allen at Creekside Theatre in Lake Country at 7:30 p.m. on March 3. Tickets can be purchased at 250-862-2867, toll-free at 1-888-974-9170 and at Kelowna Tickets, 100-2600 Enterprise Way in Kelowna.
McMaster will also perform at The Dream Cafe in Penticton on March 6.
This live show includes several ‘behind-the-music’ previews from the soon-to-be-released Icons of Soul documentary featuring McMaster, together with his long-time songwriting/producer partner, Arun Chaturvedi, co-writing and recording with Cavaliere and Dozier at their respective Nashville and Las Vegas studios.
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 (seven 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.
McMaster cut his teeth with some of the biggest acts of the day, sharing the stage with Randy Bachman, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.
Icons of Soul, Vol. 1 was 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 McMaster, go to: lukemcmaster.com.
To hear Icons of Soul, Vol. 1, go to: lukemcmaster.com/music.
Allen has scored five Top 10 hits in Canada including I Wanna Be Your Christmas (2009), Loving You Tonight (2010) which was lodged in the upper reaches of the charts for more than 22 weeks, I Want You (2011), What You Wanted (2015) and Favourite Christmas Song (2016).
Allen’s benchmark single, Loving You Tonight, is a lilting, sunny tune about an ideal romance which helped put him on tour with acts like Bruno Mars, One Republic and Andy Grammer.