Drake White‘s latest album has officially arrived, with the Country Soul warrior releasing THE OPTIMYSTIC everywhere today (3/11). A culmination of White’s remarkable journey over the past few years, THE OPTIMYSTIC is the second studio album from the Alabama native, who has firmly cemented himself as one of the most uplifting voices in Country music.
Three’s Jaren Johnston. THE OPTIMYSTIC is White’s first multi-song release since he suffered a stroke on stage in August 2019, which could have been fatal and required him to undergo multiple surgeries and months of physiotherapy. Along the way, he poured his feelings into what would become THE OPTIMYSTIC, and the heart of the record is White’s healing and the struggle he went through to come out on the other side.
Throughout White’s recovery, his lifelong optimism was tested as he learned to walk again, dreaming of future plans with the help of his wife, Alex. Her support inspired the already-released track “Power of a Woman,” which lent its name to the campaign of the same name started by White and Alex highlighting strong women everywhere. Other songs like the contemplative “Hurts the Healing” and anthemic “Giants” offer hope to anyone dealing with difficulty in their life.
Along with his health journey, White sheds a light on every aspect of himself as a person and a performer, including declaring his old soul status on opener “50 Years Too Late” and playfully letting an ex know that she “Can’t Have My Dog.” Ending with a years-old rendition of “Amazing Grace” sung by White’s grandfather’s church choir, including several members of his family, THE OPTIMYSTIC takes listeners on an inspirational journey inviting them to adopt White’s trademark optimistic mentality, a way of life that shines through on every track.
White is currently sharing his new music with fans on Whiskey Myers’ WHISKEY MYERS IS A COMIN’ TOUR through March 26 and will embark on the Spring leg of his headline THE OPTIMYSTIC TOUR at the end of March.
Here’s what critics are saying about THE OPTIMYSTIC
“An extremely accomplished album.” – American Songwriter
“A swampy, sweltering mix of country, soul, and Southern rock paired with a powerful message.” – Nashville Lifestyles
“A glass-half-full outlook, combined perhaps with a spiritual vision.” – The Gadsden Time
“White’s smooth brand of country-soul.” – Billboard
“Each song drips with personality and flair.” – Country Swag
“Both empowering and uplifting in the only way that great music can be.” – Lyric Magazine
“One of the most unique artists out there, combining soulful melodies and powerful instrumentation.” – Whiskey Riff
ABOUT DRAKE WHITE:
Drake White grew up singing in his church’s youth choir in Alabama before becoming one of Country music’s most spirited innovators, earning four Top 40 hits and traveling the country on multiple nationwide tours. His 2013 debut single “Simple Life” introduced his brand of Country Soul, which he cemented with 2016 debut album SPARK followed by the EPs ‘Pieces’ and ‘Stars.’ In August 2019, he collapsed on stage due to a hemorrhagic stroke, and doctors told him he might never perform again. After undergoing a series of operations to repair his Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) and months of physiotherapy, White has proved them wrong, returning to the road to spread his incredible positivity to his fans. He’s currently on tour with Whiskey Myers and will return to his headline THE OPTIMYSTIC TOUR in Spring 2022. He just released his new album, THE OPTIMYSTIC, an inspiring glimpse into the journey he has taken over the past few years. White has received accolades including Rolling Stone’s 10 Country Artists You Need to Know, The Grammy’s Artist of Tomorrow and the British CMA Awards’ International Song of the Year and has shared the bill with Country music superstars like Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band.
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