Is This Country Music's Great Gay Hope?

By: Brandon Voss

The country music scene may be conservative, but singer Drake Jensen refuses to keep his sexuality tucked beneath his cowboy hat: His website proudly declares him “North America's first open gay male country recording artist making sure country fans in the LGBT community have a voice of representation!"

The Nova Scotia, Canada, native even included a gay love story in his video for “On My Way to Finding You,” which is dedicated to a gay teenager who committed suicide after being severely bullied.

Jensen’s latest single is "Pancho and Lefty," a Townes Van Zandt classic about a Mexican bandit and his little buddy — mmm-hmm — previously covered to great acclaim by artists like Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.

Speaking of covers, Jensen recently recorded his rendition of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” and shot an accompanying video with controversial RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Willam Belli. Of course we’ll keep you posted.

Jensen’s second studio album, Outlaw, will be released in early 2013, and his Christmas album, Christmas At Home, is out soon. In the meantime, check out his video for “On My Way to Finding You” below. (His video for “Pancho and Lefty” appears to have been pulled from YouTube.) Sharp readers will no doubt notice the bear paw tattoo on his neck. Woof!

Find Jensen’s music on iTunes and more info on his website.