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DRAKE JENSEN FEAT. LISA THOMPSON ‘NEVER SURRENDER’ SINGLE REVIEW

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Rising country music star Drake Jensen has just released a new single Never Surrender

With the launch of his debut album, On My Way to Finding You in 2011, the first video featured an LGBTQ love theme, which caught the attention of Andy Towle of Towleroad, who named him one of the Top 50 Comings Out of 2012. The Nova Scotian and acclaimed Nashville recording artist, has reinterpreted the Corey Hart 1985 hit in a duet with Ottawa artist Lisa Thompson of the band Sovereign Council.

Dedicated to the front-line workers that helped the world through this challenging year, Never Surrender is the lead single from Jensen’s upcoming fifth studio album, ICONIC, which will be released soon. It includes versions of iconic Canadian songs from Lennie Gallant, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Leonard Cohen, and Rita MacNeil. Drake Jensen’s 2011 debut album On My Way to Finding You, recorded on Nashville’s Music Row, marked the start of a new chapter in this Glace Bay native’s music career.

Jensen’s most recent single, Burn the Floor released in May of 2020, did quite well at Australian radio and was voted ‘Video of the Year’ by fans of the site Country Queer. Never Surrender has been given a contemporary country-pop revamp—cue the lazily equable lap steel guitar, the shimmering keys, the rousing sweetness of the vocal work—and in the process reminded us of the strength of the melodic hooks strewn throughout this 80s track.

The pre-chorus’ recalcitrant melancholy is a weighty pause between the more dramatic attributes of the verses and the chorus. However, all sections conjoin effectively, modernized and benefiting from a more subtle approach than the de rigueur production of more than thirty years ago.

With almost 100k Spotify streams, Never Surrender will no doubt increase that number for Drake Jensen.

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