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Drake Jensen & Michael Morin

Drake Jensen (born 15 April 1970) is a Canadian country music artist. In 2007, Jensen moved to Ottawa and in 2008, married his long-time partner Sean Michael Morin who is also his personal manager.

Drake Jensen was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island in Canada. At age four, influenced by his mother’s love of country music, Jensen connected to John Denver through "Country Roads". Other influences included Merle Haggard, George Strait, John Conlee, Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Pride. He was bullied as a child and left Grade 8 because of it.

His first recording was a 2001 cover of Anne Murray’s "A Little Good News", which received airplay throughout the Maritimes and was a favorite of CBC Radio One.

After a lengthy hiatus, he revived his dream of becoming a vocal artist. His 2011 debut album On My Way to Finding You was recorded in Nashville with veteran independent producer Kim Copeland. The first single “Wash Me Away” has logged airplay on 100 radio stations worldwide and the album received a positive review from influential country critic Robert K. Oermann in MusicRow Magazine.

Drake Jensen is a country music artist. He married his long-time partner Sean Michael Morin who is also his personal manager. Jensen's husband appeared in the music video for Jensen's single "On My Way to Finding You," a video dedicated to Jamie Hubley, an Ottawa gay teen who committed suicide after being bullied. "I have no choice but to give back. I give back through my music and through my story. I’m a homosexual musician telling my story through songs and spreading the message of love.”

In fall 2011, he released his version of Roger Miller's "Little Toy Trains", originally titled "Old Toy Trains" and written in 1967. The song was released on a limited-edition pressing and made available for digital download. The proceeds of sales were donated to Make-A-Wish Canada.

His Ottawa debut took place at the National Arts Centre in December 2011, with opening artist Tia McGraff from Port Dover, Ontario.

On January 16, 2012, he publicly announced that he is gay and told his story of severe childhood abuse and bullying. He dedicated the video of his single, the title track to his album "On My Way to Finding You", to the memory of Ottawa teenager Jamie Hubley, who committed suicide after having been severely bullied.

In April 2012, Jensen released "Scars", written by Toronto singer/songwriter Don Graham and co-writer Zita DaSilva, and is donating the proceeds of digital download sales of this song to Bullying.org. Due to popular demand, the song was included in Jensen's sophomore album, OUTlaw.

In November 2012, he released a video in which he performed a cover of Tammy Wynette's hit song "Stand By Your Man" featuring drag queen Willam Belli from Season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race. The song was released as the seventh single from Willam's album The Wreckoning.

Also in November 2012, he released his first Christmas album Christmas At Home, featuring the song of the same name by fellow Cape Breton singer/songwriter Rita MacNeil, as well as "Home Again" by Duncan Wells, also of Cape Breton. The latter song was made popular by Cookie Rankin of The Rankin Family.

In December 2012, blogger Andy Towle chose Jensen as one of the top 50 most influential comings out of 2012.

The first single, "When It Hurts Like That" by Matt Ullman and Kyle Morrison Marion, from his second studio album OUTlaw was released via video on YouTube on January 30, 2013. The video was filmed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina by Blake Faucette and Justin Reich. Within four weeks of release, the video received over 100,000 views, and the single was named TRAX HEADSTARTER single of the week, having received the most spins that week at Canadian radio.

Jensen was one of the headliners at Waterloo Region's tri-Pride music festival on June 1, 2013.

On June 13, 2013, Jensen released the video for "Scars" during his performance at Nashville Pride's Pride Rocks! pre-party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, where songwriters Zita DaSilva and Don Graham saw it for the first time.

In December 2013, Jensen continued the collaboration with Canadian songwriters Graham and DaSilva by releasing the original Christmas single "Live Every Day (Like It Was Christmas Day)" along with a video produced by Jonathan Edwards of Corvidae Music. Jensen also released a cover of Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus", and is donating the proceeds to Santa Canada, an organization co-founded by friend Larry O. Lantz to bring Santa and the Christmas spirit to terminally ill children, at any time of the year.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_Jensen

Further Readings:

On My Way To Finding You by Drake Jensen
Original Release Date: May 1, 2011
Label: Soaring Eagle Productions
Copyright: 2011 Drake Jensen
Amazon: On My Way To Finding You

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