Martyn Lucas is an English pianist and singer best known as The World Piano Man. Now, he is based in Texas, USA. For this blog article, we’ve been in touch with him and asked a few questions. He told us interesting facts about his life and career.
It seems that music was always in Martyn’s life in one way or another. His parents were prominent musicians and singers playing on many large venues. He was learning the piano very early in his life. “I started at the age of four with playing in church. My parents were all in the family band,” he said. Besides the piano, he is playing on the guitar as well.
His godfather was Kenny Baker, who was in the R2D2 robotic outfit in the early Star Wars movies. At the age of 10, he and his brother were playing seven nights a week, even in the English pubs. He eventually played the church organ in the famed John Wesley Chapel in London.
His notoriety grew quickly and soon he was singing in musicals such as The Music Man, in which he played the role of Winthrop. Martyn was the fifth person to play the Phantom of the Opera in London’s Covent Garden. He has played in every major capital of the world, at Euro Disney in Paris, and all the major cruise lines.
Martyn’s show, One Night in Vegas, was extremely popular and was accompanied by musicians from the acclaimed British Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical director for the show was Andy Crompton, one of the most respected and prolific directors to come out of the UK.
One of the most interesting aspects of Martyn’s vocal abilities is the fact that he can sing in 14 different voices. These include Sir Elton John, Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Axl Rose, Sir Paul McCartney, Louis Armstrong and many more. He also has a repertoire of about 650 songs.
Martyn, what motivates you to continue with good vibes and positive energy in life? What is your motto?
“Music was always the only way. My motto is just LIVE. Is the only way. Nothing is too much trouble if you love what you do.”
Which famous musicians do you admire? Which famous musicians have you learned from?
“I admire Sinatra, I love the class that he had, and of course Dire Straits for such a unique sound. I learned a lot from Michael Jackson.”