After a five-year hiatus during which Lucas Silveira finally found his true voice (literally and figuratively speaking) – successfully going through a female to male transition process – he is now returning to the music scene with the highly-anticipated brand new Cliks album entitled “Black Tie Elevator” due out April 23.
Silveira’s band The Cliks, which formed in 2004, gained widespread acclaim after being featured on the soundtrack of the Showtime series “The L Word.”
A stint performing alongside artists like Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright and Erasure on Cyndi Lauper’s 2007 “True Colors” tour brought additional attention to Silveira and his bandmates.
Noting that his work has been most embraced by audiences and fellow artists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Silveira says that while he appreciates the fact that more attention is paid to his music because he is transgender, he nonetheless “writes from a place of humanity and human experience, not gender identity,” and cites Lenny Kravitz and Curtis Mayfield as influences.
The Cliks’ first two major label releases, Snakehouse (2006- Warner Music Canada/Tommy Boy) & Dirty King (2009-Warner Music Canada/Tommy Boy) brought the band international recognition.
In 2007, the Toronto Star deemed a transgender “pop heartthrob,” a title he cemented in 2010 when he was voted the “Sexiest Canadian Man” in a Chart Attack end-of-year survey.
After half a decade of living as a man but appearing to most as a woman, he began the formal process of testosterone hormone therapy. The result was a voice that was changed, deeper and huskier, but somehow more soulful. In 2010, his rebirth landed him in Brooklyn, NY, a home away from home to concentrate on songwriting.
He recorded a solo album “Mockingbird” and wrote new songs for The Cliks next music venture, the blues and Motown-inspired “Black Tie Elevator“.