Lead With Your Heart is…“exciting and powerful, lush and epic, classic and contemporary, and definitely from the heart.” – Fraser Walters
Full Name: Fraser Lyle Walters
Date of Birth: August 25th
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Hometown: Richmond, BC
Current residence: Los Angeles, California Ethnic Background: Irish (I have an Irish passport, and I love Guinness)
Hobbies: Running, paddle boarding, surfing, skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, writing, playing piano/guitar, reading (non-fiction), watching live music, theatre, ted.com
Languages spoken: English/French fluently, with a solid singing knowledge of Italian, German, Spanish, Latin
First job: I had my first pro singing gig at the age of eight, and I also ran a paper route with my brothers
Childhood ambition: To be a pilot and a singer. I told my parents I would fly myself to my own gigs (still working on the pilot part)
Fondest memory: Delivering papers with my bro’s was pretty awesome
Indulgence: Chocolate/peanut butter/cookies/ice cream (in any combination), dark beer and good red wine.
Inspiration: My mom and dad
Motto: Success is not a destination, but the ability to appreciate and enjoy the journey
Greatest accomplishment: Marrying my amazing wife
Pet Peeves: I don’t have many, but maybe open mouth chewing?
Person you would most want to meet and why? God. I have a few questions for him, and also I’d say Wade Davis. Look him up…
My friends tease me about… Cutting my own hair and being a ‘hurricane’
Three things people don’t know about me…
Top three memorable moments of your career…
Musician: Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Sarah McLachlan
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Actor(s): Morgan Freeman and Ricky Gervais
Band(s)/Artist(s): Mumford and Sons, Joshua Radin, Glen Hansard, Coldplay
Book: The one I just bought in Berlin at the Holocaust Museum, ‘Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl’…it’s incredible.
Describe the other Tenors in three to five words…
Clifton: Charismatic, entertaining, committed
Victor: Inspiring, loyal, debonair
Remigio: Passionate, creative, jokester
Fraser Walters is a former member of Chanticleer, a 12-man, Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble. His highlights with the group include performances on leading international concert stages in Vienna, Amsterdam, Taipei, Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles as well as regular broadcasts on NPR and CBC Radio. He is a featured soloist on their internationally released album entitled Sound in Spirit, recorded at Skywalker Ranch in California on the Warner label.
Fraser began his professional career as a boy soprano soloist with the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Seattle Opera companies with roles such as Miles in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Fraser went on to spend several years performing and touring internationally as a soloist with The British Columbia Boys Choir. At the age of 16, he played Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex in Brisbane, Australia.
Fraser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of British Columbia and has done extensive stage and concert work, including a world-premiere theatre piece entitled Hildegard: A Measure of Joy with acclaimed director Francesca Zambello in San Francisco and a tour of the Czech Republic singing Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. More recently, Fraser was seen as Haldir in the world-premiere stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in Toronto.
A varsity soccer player in college, Fraser was also a member of Canada’s national track & field team at the Pan-American Jr. Games. Other interests include playing piano and guitar. One of his compositions was used on the TV show Edgemont which aired on CBC in Canada and FOX Family in the U.S. Fraser is honored to be with The Tenors and sends love to family and friends.