Dan McLean Jr is walking on air in his soulful new single and video Kiss Me Once — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest preview of the Guelph singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album Rhyme As Reason, Kiss Me Once encapsulates the excitement and euphoria of a new relationship, a sentiment that resonates with audiences of all ages.
For more than four decades, McLean has captivated audiences with his expressive vocals and enchanting performances. But the journey to his first album of original adult-contemporary compositions was not without its challenges, as he battled and triumphed over cancer, emerging with a newfound perspective on life and love. Rhyme As Reason draws inspiration from affairs of the heart, exploring themes of breakups, denial, and the power of starting over.
Drawing inspiration from the iconic sounds of the ’70s, including influences like Hall & Oates, Todd Rundgren and Meat Loaf, McLean’s music is celebrated for its emotional depth and intensity. Collaborating with Dave Dunlop, who has an extensive history working with artists like Rik Emmett of Triumph, McLean co-wrote the album, spotlighting his ability to convey intimacy and vulnerability. Songs like I Don’t Believe In Love challenge audiences to confront the complexities of human emotion, while tracks like the album’s closing number Everything Out In The Darkness, deliver powerful messages.
Due Oct. 11, Rhyme As Reason boasts a stellar lineup of talent, including Grammy and Juno-winning executive producer Greg Wells (Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Ariana Grande). Chicago singer Neil Donell lends his exceptional vocal prowess to the album, while Don Breithaupt, a 10-time Smooth Jazz Awards nominee, adds his keyboard magic. On drums is Paul DeLong, known for his years as Kim Mitchell‘s drummer. All this talent converges to breathe life into McLean’s songwriting and lyrics.
Watch the video for Kiss Me Once above, hear more from Dan McLean Jr below, and find him on his website.