Photo by: Norman Wong
Singer-songwriter and pop artist Johnny Orlando unveiled his brand new single “See You” this morning via Universal Music Canada and Island Records. Co-written by acclaimed songwriters Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes, renforshort, Chase Rice), Sam Fischer (Demi Lovato, Keith Urban Jessie J), Derik Baker (Virginia to Vegas) and Mike Wise (Allie X, bülow, Dvbbs), who also produced the track in collaboration with Orlando this past January, the song is about still having feelings for someone after a break-up and wanting to see them.

The video, shot entirely in Orlando’s bedroom at his family home in Toronto while physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was directed remotely by Alex P Smith (Universal Music Canada) and plays on the song’s theme of wanting to see someone who is special to you and still feel a sense of connection with them in a time when we are asked to be physically apart.

"‘See You’ is about the process of reconnecting with someone that I used to know, and the song is written from the perspective of our direct conversation. We didn't originally plan to release the song during a time where the world is physical distancing, self-isolating or in quarantine, but it has kind of given it an alternate meaning. Throughout this period, I have had to rely on technology to connect with my friends and fans online, which has been a really interesting experience. We decided to pivot the music video concept and shoot a home quarantine-style music video, completely shot in my bedroom. The concept for the video is basically just a reflection of my life right now, trying to communicate with people through social media or FaceTime and doing whatever I can to stay connected in such an uncertain time."

Orlando teased that the song and accompanying video were coming on his socials this past Saturday, causing a stir among his social media following of over 22 million fans. To-date, over 500 TikTok videos have been created from the Original Sound clip that Orlando posted for the song on Saturday.

The “See You” video features online cameos from Orlando’s friends in the comfort of their own homes including musicians Tate McRae, HRVY and Kenzie, and actor Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) to name a few.

Since the announcement of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Orlando has started up ‘Alone Together’ The IG Live Series, where every few days he chats with a fellow musician, actor, influencer, etc. on his Instagram. Guests have included: Public, Asher Angel, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), HRVY, Cameron Dallas, etc.

Orlando’s most recent single, “Phobias” was released in February 2020 and has already racked up over 7.6 million streams to-date.

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