Harry Hudson & Jaden Smith Ooze Emotional Grit in “Just Slide”

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Photo by Brooke Ashley Barone

Modern day cowboy Harry Hudson’s latest single “Just Slide” featuring Jaden Smith showcases a delicate tug of war between two intimate people. The single is the first to be released since Hudson’s debut album, Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night, dropped in March of this year. Harry Hudson and Jaden Smith wear vulnerability on their sleeves in “Just Slide,” as they depict their sentimental counter to traditional masculinity.  

“Just Slide” is a simple desire to reach the next level with someone you already feel inherently close to. Hudson utters a haunting line in the chorus that rings all too familiar, “Tell me if you love me, because I don’t think you understand.” The line, “I don’t think you understand” is the lifeblood that keeps the single beating. Smith also shares intimate details from his unrequited love.

“One day they’ll tell our story I promise. On a beach I found a message in a bottle that I wrote to you. I was crying in Toronto one night lying in bed hiding with all of my sorrows. Your eyes keep me going girl without you I could never survive. You ain’t hit me back tonight but there’s tomorrow.”

Hudson and Smith are proactively concerned with sharing and expressing their feelings, a theme that the best friends have previously started exploring with Hudson’s short film Can Cowboys Cry. The film is shot as a contemporary western and told in three chapters, featuring his songs “Yellow Lights,” “Cry For Love,” “Gone” and “No Good.” Hudson will also embark on his first US headlining tour this fall.

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Photo by Brooke Ashley Barone

Harry Hudson’s folk pop sound is the product of various types of music he listened to throughout his teens, including artists like Johnny Cash, Eminem, and Bruce Springsteen, which inspired him to begin his career in songwriting. In 2013, Harry self-released his first song, “World Is Gone,” online. However, during June of that year, Harry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and set his career aside to undergo treatment. After eight months of chemotherapy, he beat the illness in early 2014. Harry spent the next year writing and recording his debut release. In 2015, Harry independently released two EPs, The Treatment (A-Side), which features songs he wrote while undergoing chemo, and Gemineyes, which was written with his friend and collaborator gnash. Harry was signed to MSFTSmusic/Roc Nation last fall and has dedicated himself to the MSFTS collective by spearheading fundraisers for cancer treatment.

Harry Hudson’s refreshing perspective on love and life can be heard and felt through the songs he writes. Whether it’s the work he does with Jaden Smith and MSFTS or work he does for himself; Harry Hudson is working tirelessly to show that strength doesn’t come from masculinity it comes from vulnerability.

Revisit Hudson’s “All Eyes On” performance below and catch our cowboy hero on tour this fall.

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