Pop adult and blue-eyed soul musician Luke McMaster will be performing at the Mae Wilson Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11, as part of a prairie tour. Submitted photo
Not too many people are excited about lengthy drives through the prairies, but Luke McMaster is one of them.
“Growing up in the prairies I'm kind of somewhat claustrophobic, so living in Toronto is a challenge,” said McMaster. “It's so crowded and there are buildings everywhere, so to get on to those open spaces it (will be) a big relief for me.”
Primarily an adult pop and blue-eyed soul musician, McMaster grew up in Brandon, Man., but lived in Winnipeg for a number of years.
Unlike a lot of musical child prodigies, McMaster didn’t get his start in singing or songwriting until he was 12 or 13 years old.
He remembers having a dream where a friend of his was singing and playing a piano in the back of a pickup. It was an odd dream for McMaster because he was convinced he had never heard the song before.
McMaster said he woke up, wrote down some lyrics, grabbed his tape recorder and jotted down some melodies that were in his head.
“It really triggered something in me,” he said. “I had always been creative and had always played piano by ear, but I'd never thought I was going to be a musician until I had that dream.”
Since then McMaster’s singing and songwriting abilities have flourished, as his ability to play the guitar, something he believes has helped bring his songs to life.
His music video of “Good Morning Beautiful,” which reached number three on Billboard for three weeks, is an ironic testament to that.
The video featured Jim Brickman, who wrote the song with McMaster, in the back of a pickup truck. He was playing a piano.
“I had nothing to do with the script. Jim hired a videographer and he came up with this concept,” said McMaster. “When we were doing the shoot I turned to Jim and I said, 'this is freaking me out. I got to tell you about this dream I had when I was a little kid.’”
McMaster thought he might have been psychic.
He is admittedly not psychic, but is looking forward to starting the prairie portion of his All Roads Concert Tour in Portage la Prairie, Man., on Wednesday night.
The tour will wind up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., on Oct. 17, but not before McMaster pays a visit to Moose Jaw’s Mae Wilson Theatre for an 8 p.m. performance on Friday, Oct. 11.
He is looking forward to being in the Friendly City and putting on an uplifting show that “anyone can sit down and enjoy.”
“The thread that runs through my whole show is that most of the music is romantically-themed, or it's fairly positive,” noted McMaster. “I don't sing a lot of songs that are kind of doom and gloom.”
That positivity in his show carries over off the stage, where McMaster is all about giving back to the communities he will be visiting on his tour.
As part of his stop in Moose Jaw, a portion of the $30 tickets for the show will go toward supporting Joe’s Place Youth Centre.
"To me, I was really adamant that there was a charitable component to this tour because these are communities I grew up visiting and driving through,” McMaster noted. “Community support is really important to me.”
McMaster hopes that as his music becomes more widespread, he is able to positively affect as many people as he can.
That includes another trip to Africa to raise awareness and improve children’s education.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks