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.
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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