Jeremy Drury is no stranger to the international music scene, having enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame as part of popular Lindsay, ON indie-folk band, The Strumbellas, and earning numerous JUNO Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and Canadian Independent Music Awards along the way. But what many of us may not have known is that during this time, Drury developed a strong desire to step outside of the comfort zone of his drum kit, and into the front and center spotlight where his friend and bandmate Simon Ward could always be found.
“When I was in grade 8, I made a deal with a classmate that if she gave me one of her lunch snacks, I’d mention her name during my JUNO acceptance speech,” Drury recalls. “I set the bar pretty high as a cocky 13 year old, but in a way it became a driving force in my life, to make good on that promise.” Having fulfilled that commitment, Drury sought to expand his musical horizons with his own individual project, a goal accomplished this past August with the release of his impressive debut solo album, “Company Store.”
Drury’s first single, “Open Road,” is still played in heavy rotation on the SXM dial; a track loaded with infectious hooks, melodies, and a catchy chorus – all strong hallmarks of an artist with both a strong understanding of musical creativity and the ability to draw upon his vast experience and personal influences – as demonstrated with his recent single, “Pour Another.” “At the heart of it, Pour Another is a response to every song that’s tried to reassure us that ‘everything’s going to be okay,’” Jeremy shares. “While we can try our hardest to keep on top of things, sometimes life seems out of control and we lose strength; repeating the same cycles we know full well won’t help.”
Having legitimized his rightful place under those prime front-and-center spotlights, like many other artists, Jeremy now finds himself hindered by the constraints of this global pandemic. And with an official music video for “Pour Another” released not too long ago, Jeremy has no qualms in tossing any official music video rule book aside in response to these challenging times. Quarantine videos may not be an entirely new concept, with Zoom-based creations being shared by many artists over these last few months, but Jeremy raises the game to an all new level – inviting some of his artist friends to add their own signature sounds to his original tunes.
Releasing the first visual collaboration here today, Jeremy shares a ‘second’ music video for “Pour Another,” featuring popular Toronto-based band, Ferraro. “With all the history The Strumbellas have with the Cameron House, it’s always been a bit of a dream of mine to play my first solo gig on that iconic stage,” he shares with us. “While I’m not giving up hope yet, I figured doing a video with Ferraro might be as close as I can get at the moment. I feel so privileged to have these guys backing me for this little project. I hope you all enjoy!”