The Tenors, formerly known as The Canadian Tenors, returned home to Canada last night to began their cross country tour in Vancouver. The sold-out Queen Elizabeth Theatre was like a hometown reunion, especially for Vancouver born member Fraser Walters who had many family and friends in the audience. As well, Clifton Murray, the other BC raised member had a number of familiar faces in the crowd. The quartet felt comfortable and relaxed as they told stories of their journey together and individually as they each broke off for solo songs that meant something to them. Mixing familiar standards from their past repertoire alongside the new and original material from their latest album “Lead With Your Heart“.
They were excited to share the new material, in particular the tracks they co-wrote on the album, as it showed the growth of the group. As they explained in the show, they wanted the album to reflect the diversity and range of the singers, so it included some pop-tinged original tunes – “World Stand Still”, interpretations of pop standards such as “Forever Young” and “Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word” and some classical pieces like “Nessun Dorma”. All of which they performed in the course of the 2+ hour set (including a brief intermission), their witty banter and gregarious camaraderie made the set move along quickly, never seeming to drag. After telling the tale of how the song spawned great success for them, they wrapped up the set with their beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah”. After the applause died down they returned for an two song encore that finished with the brilliant powerhouse version of “Nessun Dorma” backed by the local Vancouver Pacific Spirit Choir featuring Fraser Walters’ mother. It was a lovely way to wrap up a homecoming concert.
The Lead With Your Heart Tour continues, this week in Kamloops BC on Friday and Victoria on Saturday before heading into Alberta next week and continuing across the country until wrapping up in Ottawa on April 13th.