The path has certainly not been straightforward, but Luke McMaster wouldn't want it any other way. His debut solo album "All Roads" couldn't have been written and recorded without the twists and turns that his life as a musician has taken him on. The lyrics in the title track say it all; "Even when I find myself a million miles away, don't you know all roads lead me back to you"
Luke has definitely come full circle in the crazy world of the music business. starting out as one half of the acclaimed duo McMaster & James, Luke experienced the rock star life of studio's, videos and touring from a young age. From Chantelle Kreviazuk to Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Luke cut his teeth with some of the biggest acts of the day.
After McMaster & James ran it's course Luke's natural gift for songwriting led him to Toronto, New York and L.A. to work with a wide variety of international talent. Producing and writing for an incredible array of projects...Rihanna, Nick Lachey, music for film and TV...even the odd rock and soul album have all been part of the journey.
Luke gained critical experience behind the studio walls as he figured out what his next move would be...which has brought him back to his true passion, performing.
Luke is forever the prolific writer, and songs like the smash hit "Heartbreak Coverup" by Jesse Labelle are often the results of collaborations for songs that don't necessarily suit his style as a singer but become hits for someone else.
It was during one such collaboration when the best of both of Luke's worlds inevitably collided. Luke had long been a fan of Grammy nominated American piano sensation Jim Brickman (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John etc.) and was introduced to him through their mutual friend acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Jordan.
Says Luke, "Jim Brickman and I met at such a fortuitous time. He was starting a new record, and, being an instrumentalist, he's always looking for up and coming singers to collaborate with. I was such a fan of how he helped develop artists like Lady Antebellum and was so excited to work with Jim... I knew we could do something incredible."
Luke got together with Jim before one of his sold out shows at the Warner Theatre in Erie Pennsylvania and between Jim's sound check and the show, "Good Morning Beautiful" was born.
"We knew we had something special right away," said Brickman when asked about the song. "It was such an obvious single and worked so perfectly for both of our albums. It was effortless for us to write it, which usually means it was meant to be".
As luck would have it, Luke was just putting the finishing touches on his own album "All Roads" and "Good Morning Beautiful" was the perfect first single he'd been hoping for.
Luke will be touring with Jim Brickman for his Holiday tour in the United States and Canada.
"I can't wait to tour from coast to coast and share my music with people. It's been a long road, but it's led me back to my true passion...performing, on stage, to my fans. It's why I had to call the album "All Roads"...Life has truly mirrored art for me, and I couldn't be happier."
Watch for Luke's first single "Good Morning Beautiful" featuring Jim Brickman from his forthcoming album "All Roads" fall of 2012.