Johnny Orlando Captivates Emotion with ‘The Ride: Part 3’ 

LA-based rising 20-year-old star, Johnny Orlando, unveils “The Ride: Part 3,” the final chapter of his project exploring the stages of a relationship. This journey reaches its peak with two different tracks titled “Close To You” and “Thinking Of Me.”

Born in Mississauga, Canada, Johnny initially garnered recognition by sharing cover renditions of popular songs on his YouTube channel. He draws inspiration from prominent figures like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes, citing them as primary influences in his musical journey. He also finds creative inspiration in artists such as Billie Eilish, Drake, The Weeknd, and Alessia Cara, all hailing from Canada. Johnny’s musical roots trace back to his father, who exposed him to Pearl Jam and Otis Redding in the car, contributing significantly to the cultivation of his songwriting skills.

Now with over 3.3 billion global streams Johnny Orlando has firmly established himself as a rising pop superstar. His debut album, “all the things that could go wrong” amassed over 150 million global streams. Orlando’s impact on the global music stage has earned him JUNO nominations and the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Canadian Act for four consecutive years.

In his latest 2-track project “The Ride: Part 3,” he explores the intricate emotions surrounding a first love, offering listeners a cathartic experience as they navigate the ups and downs of significant life moments. 

In the first track, “Close To You,” Johnny captures a transcendent longing for a past partner. His ethereal tenor floats above liquid electric guitar runs and celestial cymbals, creating a sonic landscape that echoes the profound desire to turn back time. The simplicity of his lyricism delivers an emotional gut punch, expressing, “How ever many miles / however long it takes to find my way back home to you / I know it’s been a while / but any time I’ve found someone they don’t come close to you.”

“Thinking Of Me” pairs gentle acoustic guitars with subtle bass, providing the backdrop for Johnny’s contemplation of his ex-lover’s life post-relationship. The track serves as an elegy to love lost, showcasing his wisdom beyond his years as he expresses good wishes for his old flame. 

“The Ride” trilogy unfolds as a poignant narrative of love, hate, confusion, and hope, presented in three captivating parts. From blissful and confident to sad and low moments, Orlando’s storytelling prowess unveils the infinite complexities of human connection.

As we embark on the musical journey presented in “The Ride: Part 3,” Johnny Orlando continues to captivate audiences with his genuine expression and relatable narratives. 

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Words by Izabel Rose