Vancouver’s 2011 gay pride entertainment line-up is shaping up to be one of the best. Part of that line-up is singer/songwriter MAOR who makes his Vancouver debut performing at the Caya Davie Street Dance Party and the Sunset Beach Festival.
From as far back as he can remember, MAOR says he has always had a passion for music seeing it as both therapeutic and healing and the reason he wanted to become a musician in the first place.
“Music speaks to everyone no matter the language,” he said. “This I knew was something I wanted to be part of, to be a soundtrack and a healer to others.”
Citing 80s pop electronic music as his influence, MAOR looks to the icons of that era for his inspiration including Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and George Michael. One doesn’t have to look hard to see those influences in his newest single “Amazing”.
This newest release, which had seen a favourable response two years ago in the UK, took sometime to get the recognition it is seeing now.
“With no label representation, the momentum for “Amazing” to go global did not occur,” explained MAOR. “Now being signed to 27Records and having great representation, the song is getting a second chance. This time around the single is getting the attention it deserves with a major release along with a thrilling music video shot in Miami.”
In the music world, getting that attention isn’t always an easy task, but for MAOR his break came in his early 20s back in Israel where he performed in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
“After that exciting performance I starred in other shows and decided to move to New York,” he said. “Then I met Willie Davis, a well-known jazz piano player, who taught me a lot about Jazz.”
Teaming up with Davis, the duo began performing around Manhattan, while also writing pop songs. From there it was some time at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City where he honed his musical skills in music engineering and production.
“After that I got signed to 27Reocrds and have performed in many places in the world, from Israel, London, New York and more,” he said.
Currently working on his third album, set to be released in August, MAOR says the album will feature songs from other artists including rapper T.R.I.G.G.A., who has collaborated with him previously and who will be accompanying him to Vancouver.
“T.R.I.G.G.A. and I actually met as a result of a music advert that I placed on Craigslist,” he explained. “I was looking for a hip-hop rapper to write for some of my songs and he replied. After hearing his voice and reading his lyrics I knew it was a match. Since then we have written more than seven tracks together.
A busy summer for MAOR, his Vancouver stop is only one of a few that will also see him play in Israel, Brazil, London the USA.
MAOR and T.R.I.G.G.A. play the Caya Davie Street Dance Party on Friday, July 29 and the Sunset Beach Pride Day Festival on Sunday, July 31. Visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca for more information.
For more information on MAOR and his music visit http://www.youtube.com/maormusic