The group’s 2009 Christmas album, “The Perfect Gift,” has gone triple platinum. And a new Christmas single, “When We are Together,” is No. 1 on the holiday charts in Canada, aided in part by a touching and uplifting video.
Still, said Clifton Murray, one-fourth of the Tenors, Saturday’s concert at Treasure Island will not be overloaded with holiday tunes.
“We do about six or seven Christmas songs,” Murray said. “After doing these songs from our Christmas album for thee years, you get an idea of which ones really connect with the audience: ‘O Holy Night,’ ‘Silent Night.'”
“When We are Together” should also be part of the show, given the effort that went into crafting the video for the song. The group was able to contact the family of a fan who struggles with depression and arrange to surprise the young woman, who thought she was in a TV studio for another purpose, with what turned into a video Christmas party.
“It was one of those magical moments,” Murray said. “She was at the center of it. We want that to be an inspiration for so many others who are shy about expressing their feelings. Let them shine bright.”
The balance of the concert will be given over to songs from the Tenors’ new album, “Under One Sky,” which includes eight original songs and covers of “Lean on Me” and “You Are So Beautiful.”
All four of the Tenors — Murray, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters — play either guitar or piano, and they’re backed on stage by a five-piece band. “We’ve got nine people playing music, so it’s a very full, lush sound,” Murray said.
The Treasure Island show comes at the end of the group’s pre-Christmas tour. After the final date in Windsor, Ontario, the four members will scatter to their homes for the holiday. Murray will be reunited with his wife of three months, who accompanied the group on tour for a few weeks before heading home to Vancouver to get ready for Christmas.
Being on the road and away from family at this time of year is one of the disadvantages of being a touring musician. “We’re fortunate enough to work in this career, doing what we love,” Murray said. “When you’re away from home, on the road, you have to remind yourself how blessed you are to be doing this.”
Besides, the road does offer its rewards, like the video the Tenors did for their song, “Under One Sky, which showed them, and fans, at various places around the world, from India and Prague to France and Greece.
“The world has gotten really crazy lately,” Murray said. “There are a lot of people trying to divide us and scare us. It’s important for us to bring people together and connect us all.”