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Singer-songwriter Henry Lees released ‘Free This Love’ on Global Love Day

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Over the years, we’ve heard that love is the answer, the drug, can build a bridge, lifts us up where we belong, is endless, a crazy little thing and is, of course, all you need. Now Henry Lees wants to set it free on his funkified, grooved-up single “Free This Love.”

It was released on May 1 for Global Love Day.

Co-written with noteworthy, award-winning Ontario singer-songwriters Heather Hill and Matt Gerber, and produced by Vancouver-based musical wunderkind Sean Thomas (Debbie Gibson, Joey McIntyre, NKOTB, New Edition), “Free This Love” was borne out of a collective wish to uplift and inspire human reconnection in the wake of the pandemic.

“‘Free This Love’ is a song that celebrates and reminds us of the importance and power of brotherly love,” Henry said. “Spotlighting that was one of our goals when Heather and I had our first writing session for the song. Then, Matt joined us to help hone things stylistically and lyrically.”

This passionate anthem about compassion mixes Henry’s warm, soulful tenor with syncopated guitar, playful keyboard riffs, dramatic percussion and a four-on-the-dance-floor, total sing-along chorus.

“Sean and I have collaborated a number of times since we first met and clicked during the annual SongStudio Workshop in Toronto five years ago,” Henry said of his producer. “He’s done amazing work in recent years with brilliant pop icons like Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre, and I knew he would be able to transform our earnest demo into this big, beautiful banger that we’re so proud of!”

“When listening to the demo of ‘Free This Love’, I could hear the emotion that Henry was conveying through his beautiful vocal performance and the impactful message of the lyrics that he wrote along with Heather and Matt,” recalls Thomas. “It was a pleasure to produce and an honour to work with such amazing talent!”

The love of making music has also been with Henry Lees since day one. Writing, recording and performing everything from radio jingles to musical theatre has taken him to the national airwaves and to stages across Canada, including singing on two cross-Canada Huron Carole benefit tours with singer-songwriter, actor, philanthropist and Order of Canada recipient Tom Jackson.

In 2021, he was honoured with a Top Ten Finalist Award from the International Acoustic Music Awards and a Second Place Award from the Indie International Songwriting Awards for his song “Nothing Left to Lose,” co-written and co-produced with Sean Thomas.

 

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