“I like to tell a story that sends a message…. often this is about being the person you want to be. I hope people will listen to my songs and be able to relate to them.”
Luke is an artist / songwriter from the UK who’s making a buzz with his songs.
He cites “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls as the song that, the moment he heard it playing, made him realize he wanted to be a songwriter.
Shortly after, at the age of 17, Luke picked up an acoustic guitar for the first time and started writing songs not only about love but also about growing up…
Other artists that have influenced Luke include the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Jason Mraz, Fountains of Wayne, Bleu, Goo Goo Dolls and the music of his father who played in bands way back when…!
Music Week selected Luke as one of their ten ‘favorite’ new talents of 2011 and commented saying “Luke’s songs are beautiful.” Promo Only agrees saying it’s “exciting hearing such a fresh new and exciting talent like Luke… it’s perfect for US radio”.
Luke’s debut radio single, “We’re Alive” impacted several stations on the East Coast in the summer of 2012, having top 30 airplay in Boston and San Francisco with video rotation at Hard Rock Cafes (“Great video”) around the world.
In his relatively short career Luke has got to work with some of the finest producers in the industry including Steve Power (Robbie Williams, McFly, Andrea Bocelli…), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos…), Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat) who commented “Luke Potter is a great singer-songwriter” and Bleu who writes “Luke Potter writes ear-sticking songs that just won’t leave your brain!”
January 2013 saw the release of Luke’s EP, ‘One Day’ which met with a great critical reaction. It previewed three songs produced by Bleu (Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Adam Lambert…) that were to also feature on his debut album, ‘So Sugar’ that was recorded over 3 separate writing and recording trips to LA.
Since 2014 Luke has travelled extensively with writing trips to Sweden many times, Canada and USA, where he’s worked with some amazing collaborators.
He’s also completed a short UK school tour and a small tour (10 shows) in the USA in July / August 2014 to a great reaction.
The ‘So Sugar’ album (CD, iTunes and all places digital) was self-released on November 18th, 2014 to a great critical reaction (see reviews section on his website at www.lukepottermusic.com ) and alongside it a video for the title track was also uploaded to YouTube.
And at the end of 2014 Luke played a set at The House of Blues in Orlando. This was very special as it was on the same stage that Luke had seen so many of his heroes perform (Goo Goo Dolls, Parachute, Ed Sheeran etc) and he received a great response. He’s since played at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool where he received a great reaction to his music and he played there again in the Spring of 2016 again to amazing reviews!
His single, written with Maria Marcus during his travels to Sweden, ‘Do You Love Me (Yet)’ was released on iTunes on June 26th, 2015. It is a beautiful, hypnotic song which evokes the agony of unreciprocated love. Listen and be mesmerised! The single was selected as ‘Record of the Day’ (by ROTD) in the UK – a prestigious tastemaker.
This was followed up by ‘Ready or Not’ self-released on October 30th, 2015. The single was written in the UK with Hjalmar Wilen and Marcus Lindberg who travelled from Stockholm to work with Luke. Reaction to the pop song (with R&B undertones) has been strong and Soundout picked it to be their track of the day soon after it’s release.
Further singles have been released through 2016 including ‘Should I Stay’ which was written with Casey Abrams (American Idol and Post Modern Jukebox) and produced by Bleu both in LA and the UK during 2015. It like ‘All The Same’ released in August 2016 and ‘the new single, ‘Something More’ out in November 2016 have all received great critical reaction and each has been made Record of the Day. ‘Something More’ has received much independent radio and national radio play too with a play on Radio 2’s Good Morning Show.
Luke has just set up his own home recording studio and has been writing and recording new songs that will come out over the next 12 months – with a new album too!