Soulful Australian vocalist Luke Antony will be thrilling the crowds this year as the headline act at the 2016 Munich Pride festival (CSD). The massive event taking place on July 9, is one of the biggest on the international LGBTIQ calendar and attracts around 200,000 people from around the world every year.
Luke, who will perform a 40-minute show, will be debuting his hot new single Separate Ways, released worldwide on the 2 July 2016, which is also the theme song for this year’s festival.
Luke is an active member of the LGBTIQ community and advocates for youth issues and inclusion. A passionate advocate for causes, Luke says 50 per cent of net profits from sales of Separate Ways will be going to CSD Muenchen from worldwide sales. “I am absolutely stoked to be asked to headline the show at an event that I am so passionate about,” he says. “And to be performing Separate Ways as the theme song is just a dream come true.”
Separate Ways with its catchy, electro-dance vibe showcases Luke’s amazing vocal range, which has been compared to the likes of Sam Smith and Guy Sebastian. “I wanted to do something which had a bit of a funk/house flavour to it, but was also a great pop song as well,” he explains. “The song is about finding love and chasing your dreams in the big city inspired by my own experiences. I fell in love back home in the Queensland Tropics. But I ultimately made the decision to let that go in order to chase my musical dreams. The two don’t always come together. I had to sacrifice love for career. You only get one chance at this life.”
The single’s music video, which was shot in Sydney, will also be premiering on German television during the European summer and is sure to create intense interest. “It basically depicts a love story between two girls and I’m the narrator,” says Luke. “The challenges of having a gay relationship are a really current topic that continues to raise interest in the media. What we show in the film clip is overt, but it’s simply life and reality for millions of people in the LGBTIQ community. I really wanted to explore a love story in the song that was real and relevant in today’s society.
“In the video I chose to represent love and equality in a way that may not be relevant to everyone. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less real. Whether it’s a love story between a man and man, woman and woman, or man and woman – love is love.”
Luke is now hoping the exposure will kick start a career for him in Europe. “It’ll be my first time in Munich, and I can’t wait to get on stage and blast them with some Aussie pride”, he says. “I would love to perform more in Europe and explore what the music scene is like. I’ve always felt like my music is a great fit for the European market.”
Separate Ways will be made available for pre-order from the 18 June 2016. Separate Ways will be available on iTunes and from all leading digital retailers and streaming music services.
About Luke Antony:
Luke is currently one of the Australian music industry’s brightest young artists. Inspired by the world’s great soul singers such as Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Brian McKnight, he has been in hot demand at various high-profile events.
Raised in a music-loving family in Townsville, the talented 25-year-old started singing in church at a young age. Determined to make a career in music, Luke soon notched up several notable achievements after finishing high school. In 2010, at the tender age of 20, he was awarded two silver medals and a bronze at the prestigious World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
He was then asked to perform at numerous top events and hasn’t stopped since. Highlights include being flown to New Zealand to sing at the Qantas Holidays Awards Night, and regularly performing on P & O’s South Pacific cruises. He’s also entertained a crowd of 20,000 at Townsville’s New Year’s Eve Show, various Carols by Candlelight shows around Queensland, and sung the national anthem at numerous NRL and NBL games.
Luke has also shared the stage with some of Australia’s most high-profile singing stars including Christine Anu, Kate Ceberano, David Campbell, Dami Im, Mark Vincent, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Casey Donovan. He has now developed a large on-line following, with his cover of Casting Crowns’ Glorious Day getting more than 50,000 views on YouTube in its first week. The video has now amassed more than 123,000 views. A talented songwriter, Luke also co-wrote and sang on the single Fools Gold with brother-sister duo The White Light Orchestra in 2014.
Later this year Luke will be release his first EP, a blend of funk, soul, pop and house music, which will feature the first single Separate Ways.
About CSD Muenchen:
CSD Muenchen (aka Munich Pride) is organized and supported by four different charitable associations: Muenchner Aids-Hilfe (Munich Aids Support), Rosa Liste, LeTra (supporting organization for lesbian women) and Sub (Gay communication centre for Munich). Funds received from the release of Luke Antony’s single Separate Ways will go directly to CSD Muenchen.