Australian recording artist, Peter Senior has released a Christmas single entitled, "The Christmas Tree" that is destined to become a holiday classic. His soulful rock style and vibrant lyrics makes this track the perfect Christmas gift.
A cross between Bruce Springsteen and The Temptations, Senior has also recently unveiled a new full-length album called, "On the Edge" that includes tracks featuring pop, soft rock, country, and hints of Motown. We shared questions and answers regarding both new releases.
What inspired you to create a Christmas song... aside from Christmas. And what’s Christmas like in Australia?
I’ve always loved Christmas and “The Christmas Tree” came about a few years back when I was on a roll writing tunes. I wanted to write lyrics the way I see Christmas as a grown up here in OZ. Every Christmas time here in Sydney Australia, we’re inundated with Christmas songs on the radio and in the shopping centers. We know all those familiar tunes sung by those iconic singers, Bing, Frank Sinatra, Sammy, Mariah, Buble, Bruce and Neil Diamond to name a few. We don’t have snow but we decorate our Christmas tree with tinsel snow and our snowmen are plastic. Chimneys are rare in suburban homes but Santa still finds a way to get in! There’s magic in the air and we all can feel it …if we let it in.
The songs on your newest release vary genre wise, is there a message or messages within the album that you’d like to talk about?
The tracks on the ‘On The Edge’ album are all about life, with a generally optimistic view and to make the most of time. I have straight out songs about love and also songs of despair. I like to arrange the song in the genre that best suits it. If the song feels country, then I’ll play it country….same for blues, pop or that great motown sound!
How long have you been doing music?
My whole life! From about 4 or so, Mum would drag me down the street to piano lessons and put me in musicals until I put up enough resistance against it at around 11 years old.
I went back to it though when I realized it was a really cool thing to do and I really grew to love it!
What are some of your musical influences?
Anything good, at the moment I’m into some unknown local artists that I really like.
My influences over the years include Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf, No Doubt and Queen to name a few. Playing in a restaurant for years made me grow to love the standards and the classic artists. The requests kept me on my toes musically, learning the classics as well as playing current music. Those years of covers served me well for my recent songwriting!
Where do you hope to be musically in say five years?
Playing packed shows on a US tour would be super cool but as long as I’m playing,writing
recording or performing I’ll be happy!
Aside from “The Christmas Tree”, what’s next for you in 2019 and beyond?
We will be promoting my current album ‘On The Edge’ as well as releasing my new rock edged album ‘Into The Distance’ which I completed earlier this year.
We are currently arranging a local tour, Australia and New Zealand to help raise funding for the Aussie Helpers Organization. They distribute funding to rural families in need and our mates in the bush have had a really tough year dealing with our worst drought in recent history.
Written by Eileen Shapiro
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