LUKE MCMASTER RELEASES SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “MY LIFE IS A SONG” FEATURING MOTOWN LEGEND LAMONT DOZIER
Canadian songwriter and recording artist Luke McMaster has teamed with one of Motown’s most prolific, most respected and most decorated composers/producers, Lamont Dozier, to create a compelling and soulful new original song and music video, ‘My Life is A Song’, which was released today. You can see the video below
It is the lead-off track from McMaster’s new album Icons of Soul, Vol. 1, but more significantly is part of a soon to be released documentary project, Icons of Soul, that sees the talented Canadian artist, a top purveyor of ‘blue-eyed soul’, and his songwriting partner Arun Chaturvedi, collaborating with internationally renown artists, producers and songwriters, who have created some of the most popular, compelling and commercially successful music of the 20th century.
“This is a way for me to honour the soul music and the Motown sound that I fell in love with and which continues to be my favourite music. These songs and the documentary remind people who may have forgotten and educates those who may have never known, about the legacy that people like Lamont Dozier have built, and that the music these individuals created in the 1960s is the foundation of much of what they are hearing in modern soul, R&B and pop music today,” said McMaster.
Dozier, still spry at 78 and very active in contemporary songwriting circles, including recent sessions with Kanye West, began his career in his hometown of Detroit, recording for a number of small local labels before joining Motown in 1962, forming a powerhouse creative triumvirate known as Holland-Dozier-Holland alongside brothers Eddie and Brian Holland.
Together they composed a string of hits for the likes of The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, before moving on to form their own label, Invictus Records in 1968. Dozier continued to record his own material throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. He also continued to write hits for other artists throughout the 1980s, including Phil Collins and Peabo Bryson. In 1990 the Holland-Dozier-Holland trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
McMaster has focused on his songwriting career in recent years, contributing material to top artists such as Rihanna, Nick Lachey, and Jim Brickman.
“Working with Lamont was incredible, even just watching him sing and what he did with the melodies and other aspects of the piece, just using his instincts, are things I wouldn’t have come up with in a million years. The way he can just kind of close his eyes and tap into something is really inspiring,” he said.