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Americana music with meaning

Luke Wade describes himself as a pop singer/songwriter with strong Americana influences. Born in the small rural town of Dublin, Texas (home of Dr Pepper), he is the youngest of four born to Texas artists, Bob Stuth-Wade and Wanda Wade. Luke’s formative years gave him a distinctive musical experience with the sights and sounds of country music, but having out-of-the-box, hippy parents added something truly unique. As a student at Tarleton State University, Luke formed his first band, Hurt Street. After college, Luke formed Luke Wade and No Civilians, and the band released their first album, Tomorrow’s Ghosts, in 2010. His second album, The River, was released in 2014 after Luke raised the money for the album through a successful Kickstarter campaign. His third studio full-length album, Only Ghosts, was released last year. Luke compares his sound to soulful crooners and songwriters like Ray LaMontagne, James Bay, Adele (to a certain extent) and Sam Smith, but a little more distinctly Americana. While Luke continues to call himself a Texas-based musician, he gained national/international attention on Season 7 of NBC’s singing competition show, The Voice, where he finished in the top eight with Team Pharrell. Luke has headlined more than a thousand live shows and toured and performed with Train, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Kris Allen, Casey Abrams, Patti LaBelle, Andy Grammer, MKTO, Daughtry, Blue October, Green River Ordinance, Ingrid Michelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, OAR and David Cook. Luke also has performed the halftime show at a Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium, at AT&T Stadium during a Dallas Cowboys game and performed the National Anthem at Texas Motor Speedway, which was nationally televised on NBC. He also has been recognized by the City of Fort Worth for his charitable work with Cook Children’s Medical Center.

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