Adrian Sutherland releases “Once That Was You”

Adrian Sutherland is pleased to announce the release of his second single “Once That Was You”, from his upcoming debut solo album When The Magic Hits due out September 17, 2021.

“Once That Was You” is Sutherland’s second release from his debut album. The track was co-written with Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes on March 13, 2020. The date is memorable due to the fact that this was the day after the JUNO Awards were cancelled due to Covid-19. Sutherland and Semko had already planned a co-writing meeting while Sutherland was in town, so they decided to forge ahead. “They met in-person for the very first time in a Sheraton hotel meeting room, and in three hours penned this beautiful ballad about yearning for lost connections.”

According to Sutherland, “Once That Was You”

“is about longing for something or someone who touched your heart deeply. We were writing this song while everything was shutting down by the minute. It felt like the end of the world, that’s how we were both feeling – that line actually opens the song. It’s definitely a ballad, probably the first real ballad I’ve ever written. Jay writes from a place of deep emotion, and that approach was at the heart of our writing session.”

The track was produced, engineered, and mixed by Colin Linden, who also contributed to the guitar on the track.

According to Sutherland,

“Colin did an amazing job drawing you into the melody of this song. When he suggested adding strings to it, I loved that idea! It turned out even more beautiful than I ever imagined it could be.” Linden adds, “When I first heard ‘Once That Was You’, it struck me as the sound of heartbreak and humility – grace under pain… And like another conduit of emotion – the great Roy Orbison – Adrian’s voice cried out for strings and atmosphere to deliver the message.”

Joining Sutherland and Semko on the track is “Chris Carmichael (Nashville, TN) on strings, Jerry Roe (Nashville TN) on drums, and Johnny Dymond (Toronto ON) on bass – each working remotely from their own recording spaces during the pandemic.”

With two singles under his belt, Adrian Sutherland’s debut album is set to be released on September 17. Make sure to check it out.

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