Award-winning Canadian country singer/songwriter, Graham Trude has said farewell to his service overseas, to get back to basics and focus on what truly matters. After battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and alcoholism after several tours in Afghanistan, Trude is returning to his much-anticipated solo career with the release of a new single entitled “PTSD”.
After a successful run as one half of country music duo The Singing Soldiers, a band dedicated to mental health advocacy among veterans, Trude is eager to sonically explore more of his creativity through his solo career.
“This song is extremely personal and sheds light on a subject that is all too often kept in the dark and misunderstood,” says Graham. “My struggle is not unique, and PTSD serves as an anthem for military personnel, veterans, first responders and for everyone who has experienced trauma.”
Combining emotive lyrics with the power of keyboard, drums, acoustic, electric, steel, and bass guitar, “PTSD” further explores Trude’s journey after he made the important decision to enter a trauma program to find help for his PTSD.
“I’ve heard numerous times in my life that I wasn’t alone,” says Graham. “However, it wasn’t until I was in the presence of other individuals who were battling the same demons I was, that I truly felt I wasn’t alone in my struggle.”
Check it out below, and find out more about Graham via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Graham Trude, a singer/songwriter and Afghanistan Veteran currently residing in Ontario, Canada. As a result of my tours in Afghanistan, I deal with a mental health disorder called PTSD every day. I am a recovering alcoholic.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music and writing style are very heavily influenced by classic and modern rock mixed with classic and modern country. It would also be fair to say that I have been influenced by hip-hop and many fusion styles of music.
How have you been keeping creative during the Pandemic?
I’ve certainly been keeping busy and creative during the pandemic but regardless of the pandemic, creating music is my therapy and something I dedicate time to every day. It’s amazing how healing it is to get lost in writing music and in songwriting. It is not only my muse but also my therapy.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
That’s a great question, in this moment in time, I believe I would suggest the current release, PTSD. These are extraordinarily difficult times for a lot of people. Whether you are suffering mentally or physically, my hope is that this song will remind everyone that you are not alone. As a whole, we need to come together as a society and support one another.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
Currently, my favourite Canadian artist would have to be Dallas Smith. I grew up listening to him and his style of music. He is a brilliant lyricist and songwriter. I also admire Alexisonfire, Silverstein, and a number of others from underground scene. Even though I am a country artist, I grew up listening to these bands and they have played a major role in influencing my music.
I’m Jenna, the founder, and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be.