Luke Mulholland recognized, at an early age, that his destiny would be defined by the guitar and music. While others may go on life journeys, Luke knew that his would be a real “odyssey,” full of adventure, risks and rewards.
Luke grew up in Toronto where music kicked in for him when, at the age of nine, he started playing guitar – first classical then, at twelve, electric. By fourteen, he was playing open-mic nights in Toronto’s rock scene and writing his own songs.
Chapter One of Luke’s odyssey began at age fourteen when Luke formed his first band, “Mulholland Drive,” and started performing at Healey’s, the music home of Canadian guitar legend Jeff Healey. Impressed with Luke’s talent, Jeff left the club door open, giving Luke the opportunity to spotlight with the best of Canadian rock including, among others; April Wine, Goddo, Trooper and Pat Travers. This career chapter concluded with a bang when, at the age of sixteen, Luke won the Q107 rock song contest grand prize – opening for Bon Jovi in front of 18,000 people at the Air Canada Centre.
Chapter Two has Luke attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In 2007, he formed “The Luke Mulholland Band,” and played hundreds of gigs in the both as headliners and openers for rock gods like Carlos Santana, Blues Traveler, Blue Oyster Cult, Johnny Winter and Marshall Tucker Band to name a few. The biggest opportunity was a major tour of the Northeastern and Midwestern US opening for Dickey Betts, co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, with whom Luke would routinely jam on stage. While Luke was still earning his college degree, the band was also nominated for Best Blues-Rock Act at the 2009 Boston Music Awards.
Chapter Three opens in 2012, when Luke – now a music college graduate – headed to Los Angeles. He continued to play countless shows with “The Luke Mulholland Band,” landed two songs in Sony’s major motion picture Heaven is for Real, and sold jingles for commercials while doing guitar session work. Eventually, Luke noticed a trend in pop music emerging, where the guitar was returning to its prominence in well-written songs. Inspired by this, he began to combine the feel of the pop charts with his own “unique, classic, guitar-rock infusion”. Like in any odyssey, Luke met his own demons and monsters. Ironically, it was his music that had led him to the shore of the city of angels, only to discover those angels were really Sirens luring him to the rocks of substance abuse. However, throughout this “dark ages,” as he puts it, he learned the true value of family and friends, who helped him drown out the Siren song with the sound of his guitar.
Chapter Four of Luke’s odyssey is still being written but it is staged to end on his highest peak so far. The darkness has been gone for quite some time now and music is back to being Luke’s full, life quest. In late 2014, Luke was introduced to Grammy award winning producer, Peter Stengaard and together, they produced an EP full of Luke’s new, guitar-infused, signature pop-rock sound. Hot off the tracks of the new EP, Luke reformed “Mulholland Drive,” and is gearing up to tour behind a radio campaign that anticipates that Luke and the band will become a worldwide phenomenon. The Mulholland Odyssey now continues with Luke firmly in control and his music and sound are on course, headed for global waters.