Steve Duffy talks to Remigio Pereira about life in The Tenors.
SD: Formerly known as The Canadian Tenors, why the name change?
RP: The fans were calling us “The Tenors,” so it just became a natural progression for the name change. We will always be Canadian and we will tell our stories of being Canadian along with singing Canadian songs.
SD: I read that you were a classically trained singer. Where did you train and when did you realize that you could sing?
RP: My dad was always singing and whistling, so I grew up in a home filled with music. He was always serenading my mom. I was a hockey player and after I got injured, I picked up the guitar. When I would sing, my sister would always tell me to shut up, so I grew up with a “singing” complex. I was asked if I could sing when I went to university. Singing was always a side thing, but eventually starting paying the bills.
SD: The group performs a wide range of music from pop to opera. What is your favorite genre to sing?
RP: My favorite music is Fado (Portuguese music genre). My father loved Portuguese opera singers. I do love everything we sing. We are all creative and write and sing our own music. Singing a song you wrote for the audience is a wonderful experience especially when they love the song.
SD: Lead With Your Heart is your second album. How has your sound changed from the first album? And how have you grown musically and professionally?
RP: When we first started in 2006, we were all seasoned performers in our own right, but as a group we had to find our way. We wrote four of the songs for the album. David Foster loved the song we wrote, so that was a big boost for us. We have definitely gotten to learn each others strengths.
SD: What was it like to perform for the Queen of England?
RP: It was a crazy feeling. Seeing her up close and personal and shaking her hand and having her watch us. After performed at the Diamond Juliee, we were invited to have tea with her at the Cricket Club. I wrote lyrics of “God Saved the Queen” because I was so nervous. They were both warm and inviting.