August 14, 2013 12:10 pm

Singer Karl Wolf finds success but looks for love


TORONTO — It’s lonely being a Canadian pop star. Just ask Karl Wolf.

Appearing on Global’s The Morning Show, the Montreal-based singer — whose latest single is a remake of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” — admitted it’s difficult to maintain relationships.

“I hardly have any friends,” he said. “Girlfriends? Forget about it.”

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Wolf said he’s had three unsuccessful romantic relationships during his career. “But there’s one special girl in my heart so maybe one day, once this is all over, we can be together.”

The 34-year-old singer was born Carl Abou Samah in Beirut and moved with his family to Dubai when he was only three years old. At 17, he came to Canada and settled in Montreal, where he studied film at Concordia University.

Wolf started writing and producing songs for other artists and had a brief run as lead singer of pop act Sky. In 2005, he released his debut solo album.

It was his remake of Toto’s “Africa” — from his sophomore album — that propelled Wolf to fame across Canada. Now he’s hoping his version of “Go Your Own Way” will be equally successful.

Wolf has also been criticized for daring to reinterpret classic songs.

“I’m a fan too of these artists, of these bands,” he explained. “That’s why I remake them so that kids today who probably never hear Toto or Fleetwood Mac would know what kind of music inspired me, and beautiful melodies and harmonies.”

Wolf said he isn’t bothered by the haters.

“My parents grew up in Lebanon and left because of the war and they had it much harder than us. This is easy. You’re hating my song. Big freakin’ deal,” he explained. “My dad had gunshots in his back and [was] running away from bombs. So this is nothing. I’m just glad to be here in Canada and making music and living my life. Things are great.”

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