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Canadian Country Singer Drake Jensen Comes Out, Features Husband in His Video: WATCH

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Canadian country singer Drake Jensen came out of the closet this week with the release of a video featuring his husband which Jensen dedicated to Jamie Hubley, the gay Ottawa teen who committed suicide last October after being bullied.

Jensen talks about coming out to Cash Box Canada:

“As a child I always knew there was something different about me above and beyond the gay thing. Even during the worst of the bullying I always felt I would make it through. My small town was like a pack of wolves; they sniffed out the damaged ones and turned on them. I was that wolf that was different from everybody else but I always knew God had something special in mind for me...I have been so lucky to be given so much, 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 a perfect world, what could be wrong with that?”

Check out Jensen's video for his new single "On My Way to Finding You" and a statement he made about it to East Coast Kitchen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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"On My Way to Finding You"

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  1. Good for him. Sadly, as we all know, the world is far from perfect.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 1, 2012 12:25:11 PM


  2. well done. thank you.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 1, 2012 12:31:28 PM


  3. He's so well spoken and the video--although I don't usually like country music--is simply moving. We need more like him. Bravo!

    Posted by: E. | Feb 1, 2012 12:36:26 PM


  4. We have known Drake was gay for some time, but he came out on Jan 11 (not this week) in a press release on his web site.

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 1, 2012 12:39:01 PM


  5. I spy bears!

    Not a country music fan, but the song resonated. Thumbs up to the messages and the messenger.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 1, 2012 12:50:45 PM


  6. so sweet. great voice. kind eyes.

    Posted by: Mitchell | Feb 1, 2012 1:04:53 PM


  7. It is good to see more and more gay country singers come out to the world. Country singers have, for the longest time, been seen as redneck Republicans or right wingers. I have no idea what his political leanings are but assume, because he is openly gay, that they are fair and promote equality for all. Nice video.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Feb 1, 2012 1:07:16 PM


  8. Great song, fine video, and stinging eyes.

    Posted by: justinw | Feb 1, 2012 1:09:19 PM


  9. Never heard of this man before and now I admire him. Those who have not included Canada in their lives (BC and Alberta for me) are missing more than can be told, our own Little Kiwi knows for sure.

    Of course by Kiwi's own strenuous and unrelenting preachments Drake Jenson can only be found acceptable if he loves drag shows, goes to all the pride parades, and is politically active. Since he seems awfully macho though he probably has serious issues around never having had the respect or love of his father. ...rrrright!

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 1, 2012 1:44:59 PM


  10. It's very refreshing to find a song of love and homecoming communicated as a clear message for a demographic that is often overlooked.

    Posted by: ron | Feb 1, 2012 1:45:35 PM


  11. "People need to start being tolerant......."

    True; but isn't is amazing that we are only at that point........

    And NOM are way back in the Dark Ages.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 1, 2012 2:15:18 PM


  12. too cute !!!

    Posted by: xael | Feb 1, 2012 2:46:14 PM


  13. What an amazing man, with such a beautiful heart. I had never heard of him, but I can say he has won a fan in me!

    I am thrilled to learn artists in the country music genre are coming out and expressing their full lives with their work.

    Posted by: Xavi | Feb 1, 2012 2:47:59 PM


  14. Cool. He sounds like Alan Jackson. And that's a good thing.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Feb 1, 2012 3:13:08 PM


  15. All together now!

    "On my way to finding ewe!"

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Great song.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 1, 2012 3:22:38 PM


  16. woofy... =D

    Posted by: Diego | Feb 1, 2012 3:59:11 PM


  17. Bears Rule!!

    Posted by: kodiak | Feb 1, 2012 5:51:46 PM


  18. Can we get this guy to perform here in San Diego? WOOF!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 1, 2012 6:26:40 PM


  19. I'm going to go against the grain a bit, but I can take the heat (I'm wearing asbestos pants).

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the attempt and sentiment behind the song, and I think this video is worthwhile. But my reaction to it is tepid.

    The primary issues I have are:
    1) The song just doesn't really feel personal. It's just standard country fare: take a "hook" (in this case, the metaphor of going on a visit) and turn it into allegory for love/relationship.

    2) The ending of the video is a big let down. If you didn't know the two guys were married, the video certainly didn't give you much of a clue - for all the reaction, they could have been long-lost brothers or friends meeting up. There was nothing that screamed that these two guys were in love.

    Now, I understand that it has been ingrained in men of a certain age (including my generation, and I'm 41) to avoid displaying affection outside their community of friends and family. But I also think that if you want to make a statement - make a big statement. The video didn't have to end with a porn shoot, but a tepid, friendly hug? No matter how much Drake lit up, there just wasn't enough to support the "it gets better" message.

    It's a positive step, but Drake just needs to put himself out there more to make it more than a baby step.

    Posted by: Talisman | Feb 1, 2012 7:14:58 PM


  20. Oh my god. I just teared up.

    Posted by: jRock | Feb 1, 2012 10:32:49 PM


  21. Damn me to a disco, but ah does likes me some bears.

    Posted by: Derek in DC | Feb 2, 2012 12:29:31 AM


  22. Best music video I've seen on this site in quite awhile--musically lovely, strong lyrics, professional-level video quality. Winner all around. (Yeah, OK, he could've carried his partner over the threshold at the end, but I like the quiet dignity and message nonetheless.)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 2, 2012 12:37:56 AM


  23. Quiet dignity - not a bad thing. At. All. (my flame thrower is pointed at you, TALISMAN).

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 2, 2012 1:29:59 AM


  24. Nicely done video. Talisman: give credit where it's due ffs,nobody thinks asbestos pants are sexy, and don't analyse *everything* ad infinitum, this is a good thing!

    Posted by: SeanR | Feb 2, 2012 7:55:51 AM


  25. Nice song - bought it

    Posted by: Allen745 | Feb 2, 2012 8:42:20 AM


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