Laurie LeBlanc is in uncharted romantic waters on new single I’ve Never Known — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest release from his recent album When It’s Right, It’s Right, the Canadian cowboy crooner stares love straight in the eyes on this track, humbly admitting that his feelings are beyond comprehension. A delicately strung together single, it gets right to the heart of the matter from the first chord. Unabashedly slow and melodic, I’ve Never Known is a tale of finally finding the one.
LeBlanc, a Francophone Acadian from the East Coast, has become a mainstay in the Canadian country music community. His previous efforts with his group Zarico produced two French albums, lending him the courage to entertain the possibility of a solo career, and what ultimately became When It’s Right, It’s Right. With a gentle push from his wife, and manager Jeannette, LeBlanc felt confident in pursuing an album in English.
“I needed to step out of my comfort zone, and it turned out to be a truly gratifying experience,” he expresses. “I’ll always love singing in French, and cherish the support I get from my francophone audience, but hearing one of my songs on the radio alongside the Canadian and American country artists I admire gives me so much joy.
“The album has a little bit of everything I like — up-tempo fun stuff, happy love stories, and even some country rock in there too. It was hard to choose the final 10 cuts for the record, but at the end of the day, I think it turned out just right.”
To create a project that was true to his craft and genre — and lent sincerity to his rich vocals and undeniable charm — LeBlanc procured some of country music’s heaviest hitters to round out the production of the album. Don Mescall, whose writing credits include Rascal Flatts and Lonestar, and Don Schiltz, who notably penned The Gambler for Kenny Rogers, both contributed songs.
Besides catapulting LeBlanc’s effortless talent to the spotlight with this album, he’s also been duly recognized by his industry peers. LeBlanc has landed two nods at the 2021 ECMAs, including Country Recording of the Year for When It’s Right, It’s Right. He also snagged the attention of the country music mecca to the south, scoring four nominations at this year’s Josie Awards in Tennessee, including Modern Country Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Another Night Like This.