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THE TENORS || ACL LIVE
October 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
On their new album, Under One Sky, the multi-platinum Juno-award winning foursome THE TENORS co-wrote eight tunes, showing facets of themselves they’ve longed to share with their millions of fans.
“We’ve had eight years together and we wanted to turn those memories into music,” says Clifton Murray, who is joined in The Tenors by Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters.
The Canadian group has written a handful of songs for their previous three sets, but Under One Sky marks the first time their songwriting talents stand toe-to-toe with their vocal prowess. In the process, they’ve created a rich collection that expands on their earlier efforts, while delving deeper into their collective strength as artists.
“That this band has been seen as just four singers is a bit of a misconception,” Pereira says. “When you peel away the onion, you get many layers. With each album, we built more confidence to write for ourselves.”
Since their formation in 2007, The Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts on five continents and made over 150 television appearances, including on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), at the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House, at the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2012 Emmy Awards, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle in England, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies. Among the artists with whom they have performed are Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan.
The Tenors’ first album is certified double platinum, and their holiday album is certified triple platinum in Canada. Their third album, 2012’s Lead With Your Heart, went double platinum, won a 2013 Juno Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical and Classical Crossover charts. They have sold almost 1 million albums around the world.
Concurrent with the album’s June release, PBS stations across the country will begin airing the quartet’s third special, “Under One Sky.” The special gives a taste of what to expect when The Tenors hit the road. “In the past, the PBS sets didn’t have anything to do with the tour,” Micallef says. “”This time, the ideas are the same, the stage design is similar.”
The Tenors will kick off a 70-city North American tour in September and can’t wait to perform their new material. “We were thinking about the live show with this album,” Walters says. “When you come to the live show you get so many pockets of different styles, and we love to show our humor by interacting with our audience. That’s why people seem to gravitate towards us. You’ll hear us go from something more pop to something that’s in Italian or Spanish with a big sound.”
As they continue to evolve, The Tenors have a firm grasp on moving forward, while never forgetting what unites them with their audience. “Our goal is longevity—to be doing this in 15 to 20 years time,” Murray says. “The only way to do this is to create memorable music that people cherish.” With Under One Sky, The Tenors have once again done just that, bringing all their musical worlds together for all to enjoy.
Doors: 6:30 PM · Show: 8:00 PM