Truth Will Set U Free

This song was originally recorded for my 4th studio album ‘ Young Man Running’ in 1988. ‘Truth Will Set U Free’ is probably only familiar to my die hard music fans as it was never issued as a single.

When I first heard about ‘1Love’ wanting to remix the song with a club groove I was intrigued. I receive numerous requests for ‘Sunglasses At Night’ ‘Never Surrender’ or ‘Everything In my Heart’ but rarely do I get asks for a non Corey Hart single.

I listened to 1Loves re-mixed first draft. It was predominantly beat groove with little musicality so I was initially dismayed.1Love had asked permission to sample my original vocals. But my former record label could not locate the analog master whereabouts. It seemed like a dead end unless I recorded new vocals. But I had an intuitive positive karma about this journey so I took the track under my creative wings. We added guitars, keyboards, additional programming plus the missing lead vocal which was recorded in Barcelona, February 1, 2012.

Why am I undertaking this project? My priority over the last decade since stepping away from the music world is to continue raising our four children with my wife Julie.

The motivation lies with 1Love and the song itself. Paul Todd´s story is compelling. His genuine bond for ‘Truth Will Set U Free´ touched me. He possesses the magical wonder of dreams. But even more remarkable about this tale unfolding was that I was completely unaware of Paul´s taxi job nights & precarious financial situation until midway through the game.

´Truth Will Set U Free’ is about honesty and my philosophic belief that ultimately being true to yourself is the key to happiness. Every individual’s inalienable right to be who they are without fear or recrimination.

But above these universal themes there is a message which in 1988 as a young 26 year old songwriter I obscured in veiled lyrical imagery. I have since rewritten some of those words to lift the veil.

‘Truth will Set U Free’ is also a song composed for those who were born gay. I am a straight man so I do not profess to understand or know what a LGBT person experiences. It is only through my observations that I created the song. But I have relatives, close friends, musical soul mates who are gay. I have often witnessed their plight for acceptance, dignity and recognition. I am not suggesting in any fashion that all gays are victimized. This would be disingenuous. However, Matthew Shepard´s story from Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 was about innocent victimization by cold callous prejudice. His tragic death for me epitomized the senseless cruelty still prevalent in so many small towns or cultured big cities of our society. I hope “Truth Will Set U Free” & 1Love’s story can offer some strength of empowerment for those who at times must journey down life’s harder road.

“I believe u can really touch the soul of the earth, no no no no it will not crumble” Corey Hart.


1Love’s Story
Throughout my life I’ve had more hardships than I can fathom. I found refuge in music with songs that made my heart come alive. Growing up real poor in the slums of Toronto, I struggled to fit in. We moved from place to place. Music was always there for me. Am I a huge fan of Canadian Singer-Songwriter Corey Hart you may wonder? Yes! We even share the same birthday May 31. A coincidence? Maybe, but I say not. I feel connected to Corey’s music. He sings and writes from his heart & soul. ¨Never Surrender¨ ¨In your Soul” to name but a few.

One moment which defined my life was the day my Dad died. My mother, father and I were all packed up in the car to find a better life. We had a green light when suddenly along came a car running the red light broadsiding us killing my dad instantly. The man driving the other car that killed my dad was a drunk driver. This event swept my mother into a nasty downward spiral of drugs, alcohol. At five, my half sister was born. 5 years later my half brother. During those ten years I lived in 6 different places with shady people coming in and out of my mother’s life. Parties all night turning mostly violent. I hated it. I would spend hours hidden in my room listening to music. It was my 1love.

We finally ended up in a hostel shelter when I was 12 years old. The kids bullied me so much at school that I would intentionally get detention so I didn’t have to face them at recess. I couldn’t go to school anymore from the fear. I hated it. I stopped school. I found part time jobs in a bicycle store, computer assembly warehouse and a local grocery working full time at 16.

I was in the Big Brother program where I met a man named Al who helped mentor me. I eventually moved in with his family. He was decent and was always there for me until one day he had a sudden brain aneurism and died. I was devastated.

My mother had taken my half siblings to Kingston, Ontario to get clean. I had no choice when Al died to move back with my mother.

In Kingston, I found work, finally got a car, and then met the woman of my dreams. She loved me not for what I didn’t have but for who I was. One day I decided I wanted more in life I announced to her that I was starting my own DJ company!

My first DJ gig was back at the age of 13. Hooked ever since. My business steadily climbed. I built my own company with $500.00 cash in my pocket, no line of credit, just pure passion. I have never regretted my decision.

My wife and I have made a life together. We have 4 children, Joshua, Curtis, Tyler and Eliza.

Working at a day job delivering mail, as well as the week-end DJ ing my business suddenly took a downward turn because of the bad economy. I started to drive cab four nights a week till 2am making sure we could get by financially.

In 2011, something incredible happened. I had been trying to trace my father’s roots,birth certificate. I discovered my mother had lied to me for almost 40 years, keeping secret the fact about my biological siblings whom I never knew existed. I felt like I had been hit by an emotional hammer. All I wanted was my mother to stop lying deceiving me.

“Truth Will Set U Free” has always been my favorite Corey Hart song. It portrays my life with its message of being true to yourself as the key to happiness.

In October 2011, I took a chance emailing my idol Mr Hart with an idea of a cool dance remix for his song. I was hoping for a shot at something big. A one in a million but expecting the worse as most things in my life have always been uphill battles.

To my surprise I heard back from Siena his label with Warner Music Canada. Could my dream become reality!!? Corey usually signs off his FB with ‘one love’ so this inspired me to call my career DJ artist name ¨1Love.Then came an email from Corey himself saying he would be interested in seeing where this could possibly lead but with no promises. He liked the overall concept agreeing ‘Truth Will Set U Free’ could be given a new life.

Corey Hart has an awesome soul. You can tell these things..He truly cares. He has no idea the positive impact that this has had on my life, my family already- I want to motivate people just like me, people who have potential but are just plain down on their luck, never given the chance. I want ¨1Love¨ to reinvent older songs, bring them into the spotlight. Tunes that have meaning. Corey Hart´s ¨Truth Will Set U Free¨ is my beginning. Paul Todd, Jan 2012.

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63 Responses to “Truth Will Set U Free”
  1. Tina Vittorioso

    Wow! Such an inspirational story! Life and its struggles can take people down the wrong road and 1love has fought back and takes care of his family without losing his dreams. Amazing, thank you Corey for this connection.

    • Joy

      Lieve Jill,Bedankt voor de taarten. Ik vond ze heel erg mooi! En al mn viiste was onder de indruk van de mooie taarten en heeft gesmuld!Kusje van DonnaPS Bedenk maar alvast een ontwerp voor mn 2e verjaardag

  2. Rob

    What a great story Corey and Paul. Can’t wait to hear the track and will do my best to share with everyone and anyone. Good luck and all my best.

  3. Coach De University McGill

    Great story, absolutely loved it. Good luck to you Paul, glad to hear things are turning around. And just think of how many people give up before things can turn around. We Corey fans are also giddy to hear some new music, especially from one of his all time gems!

  4. Joe

    Wow, great and interesting story! I am excited to hear the new version as it was always one of my favorite songs and albums. Corey’s voice and lyrics have always held a special place in my heart and I am extremely touched and happy to see that Corey is supportive of his gay fans too. I always knew he was a class act! As a teenager, I used to sit in my bedroom listening to his cassettes and dreaming about life and my future and always felt I was a young man running. I am a gay and am so excited to hear the new version of the song, more than you can imagine. I love you Corey for continuing to be an inspiration. You are a good soul buddy! Cheers from Ohio!

  5. Tony

    This is just about blowing my mind. I just emailed ch a few days ago, telling him how much the Young Man Running album impacted me. I told him that as much as I always loved “Truth Will Set You Free,” it took on new meaning for me when I came out in the mid-90′s. I was slightly hesitant to say that, because I didn’t know where ch stood on that issue, and it can be heartbreaking when someone you admire turns out to be someone who wouldn’t like you for being yourself. I was so happy to read that ch wrote this song…for me, and others like me. (And he was “already there” back in 1988. Corey – it reached your target audience in more ways than one. Thank you again so much. Can’t wait to hear the new version!!

  6. Amy J

    What a story, and what a man Corey Hart is. I mean, what other artist would respond to Paul Todd’s request the way Corey did? Corey is not in need of the limelight or anything else, he did TWSUF for Paul and for the positive message he wanted to put out. I am just astounded by Corey’s limitless love and generosity. His music has changed lives for years; now he’s personally changing Paul’s life by this amazing collaboration. Congratulations Paul, and Corey, you have my undying respect and admiration.

  7. Eric Gendron

    Truly inspiring!!!

  8. Tammy Gal Buchanan

    So beautiful, touching and inspiring! I am so incredibly happy for you Todd! I can’t wait to here this song. This truly shows a persons dreams can come true. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  9. Tammy Gal Buchanan

    Oops, sorry typo.. I meant to say… so happy for you Paul. :-)

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  10. Bonnie Roach

    Happy Birthday Paul. Your story and unstoppable spirit is truly inspiring. This partnership with Corey is certainly not a coincidence. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for you. Thank you so much for sharingyour story. Good luck 1Love.

    • Teresa

      Ja, das hab ich damit auch nicht gesagt, aber ich bin mir zu 100% siechr, dass Justins Stimme zB 10mal besser als Lady Gagas ist. Audferdem hat er vor seinem Durchbruch sein Geld doch auch mit Stradfenmusik verdient? Also kann er wohl nicht so schlecht sein..Ich denke, die meisten Hater wissen sowas mit dem Flugzeug gar nicht fcber ihn. Sie finden ihn einfach zu Milchbubi . Neid ist bei jedem anders Naja meine Meinung. Ist ja auch nicht bf6se gemeint, jeder hat seine eigene.

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  11. Kathy "KKT"

    This is a shining example of why Corey Hart has such loyal, long-time fans who have followed his career through darkness and light. What a gift to have a beloved song for so many finally given life anew in 2012. Happy birthday gentlemen ;)

  12. Justin

    Amazing story, congrats to you both. Paul, your story is gut wretching, you give me inspriartion. Thank you for sharing and taking a chance with Corey and Truth Will Set You Free. Thank you Corey for doing this, I hope this gets out to people who really need to be inspired in order to move on.

  13. Ryan Cameron

    Truth Will Set You Free has always been a favorite song since first hearing it. It has been one I’ve always been drawn to and have always felt it was one of those songs that falls into the “Law of Attraction” vein of inspiration. Paul’s story is very inspirational and I know that taking a chance by sending out that request to remix “Truth Will Set You Free” felt like an aim for the moon kind of thing, and it seems like the label not being able to locate the original vocal track was the universe’s way of making this an extra special moment. I’ve heard the small sample featured on the website and I am looking forward to being one of the first to purchase the new remix. Congratulations to both Corey and Paul and of course, Happy Birthday.

  14. tna

    Well, golly…I hope ya’ll make ya some money so that truth will set ya free!

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  15. CoreyHartRules

    A true Never Surrender story Paul!

  16. fabio santambrogio

    i’m just another CH fan who happens to be gay.
    back in 1988 i was 17 and coming to terms with my own self sexuality. TWSYF was ALWAYS as inspirational as NS or IYS to me.
    Funny enough, all of the above represented a push, a commitment to never give in nor give up.
    They helped me being strong and fight for my belief and for myself.
    Corey has got the gentle skill to create a song with a deeper meaning, and the lives it touches can differ enormously.
    Once again Corey, you prove you area first class act, by supporting people who may not have the same life as yours, yet share this same world we live in.

    • Carl

      Fabio, just read about the re-release of “Truth Will Set You Free” & decided to check out Corey’s website. Reading your message, I felt like it could have been written for me. (I’m the exact same age, dealt with the same issues at the exact same time in my life, and it was Corey’s music that really kept me from going over the edge.) I had no idea so many gay guys were out there experiencing and responding to the same thing. If only all of us had known each other then, it would have been a lot easier. I guess letting us know that we were not alone was what Corey was trying to do. Anyway, sorry for the long message, but your honesty really inspired me and brought back a lot of memories. Thanks and all the best. Carl

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  17. Leonora

    Anybody listening to the song can automatically feel the intention of the lyric. Music, words, and Corey’s voice on this track are moving. I’ve said this to anyone who will listen, for years and years, Corey writes in a way that is so colourful and so prolific. His eloquence as a song-writer is thought and emotion provoking. This song makes you FEEL something. I hope it gains the immense recognition it deserves. And to Paul…what an amazing journey you have been on. And it’s led you to here, and now. You were meant to cross paths with Corey and be the conduit for his public “return”, so to speak. For that, all Corey fans around the world thank you.

    Thank you Corey for re-creating this beautiful song. I’ll be sharing it with family and friends.

    Funny, how on your birthday, you’ve given us the best gift of all. The gift of your music.

    Your fan forever,

  18. Lucie Dumais

    Touching story! Way to go Paul!!! So glad you two got to meet and collaborate!! The new version sounds amazing…can not wait to hear the complete version and can not wait to see it climb the charts!! Enjoy the ride you guys!!! Thanks for this new song!!!

  19. bob saint

    Corey.. Still playing your tunes. Nice to see you getting ready for a relaunch. Would love to see you at our station Vinyl95.3 Used to be the Music Director at CFTR in the olden days… no doing same here. Any chance you’ll make it to Hamilton. We’d love to do an afternoon on air chat, play a few of your tunes.. Drop me a note if you get a minute. Regards Bob

  20. Maureen (jrcoreydryden)

    Happy Birthday Paul, thank you for sharing your story. I am so happy that you are blessed with a wonderful wife and family. Your story is a true inspiration for those that may be struggling to perservere. TWSUF New Version may be someone else’s new beginning :)

  21. Carlos


    I’m so impressed by how many people have been touched by your lyrics, your songs. No wonder you love what you do. It shows!

    See you soon in Barcelona…

    Un abrazo.

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  22. tna

    Strike while the iron is hot and dance with the one that brung you….good idea to do a 2012 concert in Canada. I read Pearl S. Buck as a kid too ha! Her books were on the lower shelves so I could reach them, Ogden Nash was a low shelver too. Oh the things that make us what we are.

  23. Karen Jestley


    Loved you since day one. Your music makes me happy. Keep on making great music, I can’t wait for the next……

  24. DJ CA

    Is there an extended version that is club ready and dj friendly? Love the track. Added it to my podcast playlist this week.

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    This is such a great feel good combo tale of two people(both father’s) who’ve somehow connected and created something so special from the ashes of what once was. I remembered this song as special way back, Corey’s words have so much impact, its no wonder this song rings true to any generation and it’s timely message of hope. I feel alittle behind the 8 ball on this one, but better late than never! I’ve always found so much to love about musical styles and I’ve invested so much time just listening but there are the one’s that live inside and hope one day to hear again, I am happy to find Corey reaching out again touching souls. I really enjoy this new take on Truth will set U free of course the YOU TUBE clip, Thanks Corey and 1LOVE for this gem.

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