Clockwise from top left: Remigio Pereira, Fraser Walters, Victor Micallef, and Clifton Murray
|Also known as||The Tenors|
|Origin||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Labels||Universal Music Canada (2007-present)
Verve Records (2012-present)
|Past members||Philip Grant, Ken Lavigne, Paul Ouellette, Frederik Robert, Joey Niceforo, Craig Ashton, Leon Leontardis, Giovanni Amenta, Jamie McKnight, Peter McCutcheon|
The Tenors (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors) are a vocal quartet (originally a vocal trio) consisting of Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters, and Clifton Murray, with Murray replacing earlier member Jamie McKnight. They perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop, featuring songs such as "The Prayer" and Panis Angelicus from the former genre, and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah from the latter. The venues they have performed in include the Tel Aviv Opera House, and the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. They have also appeared on the 2009 Grey Cup broadcast and on CBC Television’s Holiday Festival of Ice.
The group was the creation of Jill Ann Siemens, who first had the concept of the group back in 2003. There was a series of tries over the next four years with a number of people and voices until they found the ideal mix. The group started as a trio (Philip Grant, Paul Ouellette and Ken Lavigne) and debuted in 2004 in Victoria. Over the next two years, six tenors quit or were fired. Siemens then did a cross-Canada search to find four new voices, and chose Micallef, Pereira, Walters and Jamie McKnight. A first album, The Canadian Tenors, was produced in 2005; the singers at that time were Joey Niceforo, Craig Ashton and Leon Leontaridis. (Joey, Leon and another former Canadian Tenor, Giovanni Amenta, resigned over business differences and have since founded Destino, with Paul Ouellette.)
In 2007, Peter McCutcheon joined the group and together the foursome performed at the opening ceremonies for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). McCutcheon was later replaced by Jamie McKnight.
In January 2009, McKnight left the group, and Murray was tapped as his replacement. The official reason given for McKnight's exit was his desire to focus on musical theater.
The Perfect Gift (2009-2011)
The band released their first holiday album The Perfect Gift on November 3, 2009, and was later certified platinum by Music Canada.
In September of that year, the group toured with David Foster as the opening act. They performed O Canada at the 2009 Grey Cup game. On February 10, 2010, the Tenors appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and sang "Hallelujah" alongside Celine Dion.
The album was released in the US October 30, 2010, and has since peaked at #7 on the Top Holiday Albums Chart.
On December 13, 2010, The group performed during a holiday special called Canadian Tenors and Friends, which drew 957,000 viewers. The performance included the Tenors, Justin Bieber, and Jackie Evancho.
The Canadian Tenors appeared at the 2011 Emmy Awards, performing a version of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah."
Another special called Season of Song featuring the Tenors aired December 14, 2011, attracting 743,000 viewers.
2012-present: Lead With Your Heart
The group is recording a new album, Lead With Your Heart, which is scheduled for release in late 2012. They are also recording an upcoming PBS special at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas. The album's first single "I Believe," was released on iTunes on July 24, 2012. The song is sampled on CTV during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The band announced on July 25, 2012, that they were signed by David Foster to Verve Records.
|2008||The Canadian Tenors||49||1||24||2||—||22||2||15||
|2009||The Perfect Gift
|2012||Lead With Your Heart
|"—" denotes the album didn't chart.|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2008||"Hallelujah"||56||1||1||39||The Canadian Tenors|
|"Silent Night"||—||—||—||—||The Perfect Gift|
|2012||"I Believe"||—||—||—||—||Lead With Your Heart|
|"—" denotes the single didn't chart.|
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