“It’s an incredible experience to see Luke’s performances in person. His music and stories help people to break away from their day-to-day struggles, inspiring a sense of transcendence that is truly unifying. You leave different than when you entered – feeling lighter and more connected with others.” - Ian Rafalak, Philadelphia-based composer and musician
Luke Slott’s largely acoustic style infuses pop, folk, rock, and at times, soul, resulting in music that uplifts audiences, allowing them to transcend the worries of the world, if only for that moment.
Luke’s path as a musician was forged in youth, influenced by his mother, an Irish-American actress who graced the stage with the likes of Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson; his father, a renowned jazz trumpet player; and his brother, an electronic music producer. After being gifted with a trumpet by his father at age 12, his aptitude for music took root and he swiftly transformed into a multi-instrumentalist, picking up guitar, traditional Irish bouzouki, and taking classical piano training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
After fronting the alternative rock band Melaton in his late teenage years, a different genre of music took hold of him as his personal spirituality began to take shape. Inspired by his elder brother’s transformation through the teachings of the Bahá’í faith, Luke studied the writings of its spiritual teacher and founder, Bahá’u’lláh, and felt truth in its embrace of the unity of all religions, the oneness of humanity, equality of men and women, and the need for harmony between religion and science. His faith gave him strength when his father passed away after a long struggle with alcoholism, providing healing and closure for Luke.
The spiritual words that first spoke to Luke have since helped him carve out a path as an independent recording artist. After recording two EPs, Create in Me a Pure Heart and The Light of Unity, Luke teamed up with Kelly Snook, a NASA-engineer-turned-music-producer, and with the help of over 500 Kickstarter supporters from around the world, they produced Year of the Nightingale, a full-length studio album described as "an immersive kaleidoscope of color and sound based on the writings of Bahá'u'lláh". Year of the Nightingale was followed by Gate of Heaven in 2019 and Home of Light - a collaboration with Singaporean composer and producer Xiao'an Li - in 2021, forming a trilogy of albums honouring the founding figures of the Bahá'í Faith.
In 2022, Luke embarked on a literary-musical collaboration with architect and author Adam T.J. Robarts. Inspired by Adam's book, Nineteen, which recounts his nineteen year-old son Haydn's journey with terminal brain cancer, Luke wrote a series of songs based on the book. The writer and songwriter then launched an international 'musical book tour' sharing the book and the songs live in North America, the UK, the Middle East and Asia. The tour resulted in the release of a new EP, Music Inspired by the Book Nineteen.
In 2023, in support of the year-long #OurStoryIsOne campaign which honours the 40th anniversary of the execution of ten Bahá’í women in Iran in 1983, Luke launched the #OurStoryIsOne tour. He is currently on tour throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle East, sharing songs and stories inspired by heroic Iranian women and men, past and present.