AN INTERNATIONALLY recognised artist from Solihull is aiming to take the next step in his music career after returning from performing in Los Angeles.
27-year-old Luke Davies, known as Eagle Empire, has performed across the globe – and this month will perform for the first time in his hometown.
Best known for his cover of Gangsters Paradise, Luke describes performing on stage as a buzz like no other and puts his rewards down to hard work and commitment.
Luke, who currently works as director at Melton Plastering, will perform at Eb & Flow in Solihull on Friday (February 26) – coinciding with the launch of his EP.
Though his dream of becoming a full time singer is on the horizon, Luke told The Observer that becoming an established artist is the dream.
He added: “I started guitar lessons when I was 16 and had a wild imagination at the time.
“I really enjoyed writing and perform a few covers that I like to change around into my own genre.
“What I do now is all self funded, gigging isn’t as glorified as it may seem.
“Sometimes I’m performing at a bar in front of very few people, but that’s where I believe I’m gaining the experience I need if I’m to achieve my dream.”
Based in Sheldon, Luke – who describes himself as a mix between Ed Sheeran and Hozier – said he has a massive to do list.
One of his biggest ambitions is to inspire the next generation and encourage more people to get into live music.
The former Lyndon School student said: “There’s little opportunity for live music in Solihull and it’s sad as the town has so much to offer.
“I want to try and generate a good scene for live music in Solihull, just a few small energetic bars in the borough would be great.”
Luke has had his tracks played on BBC introducing and said in five years he wants to be headlining venues in London.
The 27-year-old added: “I want singing and performing in front of people to be my career – I want to live from it.
“Online presence is massive, I have lot’s of contacts abroad and I make sure to keep in touch with them as you never know what can happen in the future.”
For more information about Luke’s music and where to next see him play live, visit www.facebook.com/eagleempiremusic
or follow him on Twitter using @eagleempireuk.