- 26 Mar 21
The singer-songwriter's highly-anticipated debut EP 'On Second Thoughts' was released today, March 26th.
Emerging newcomer Gavin Fox has shared the powerful music video for his second single 'Free', taken from his debut EP On Second Thoughts.
Fox's soulful, reflective songwriting blends the folk and indie genres together for a passionate result. His new single follows on from his impressive debut track 'Make Me Believe'.
Accompanying the single is the official music video for 'Free', which compiles footage central to our society in recent years alongside the idea of freedom. Clips from LGBTQ Pride rallies, the #MeToo movement as well as an assortment of ground-breaking imagery are combined for an incredible result.
"This song contains an important message to a general audience of people who feel enslaved to or controlled by something external to themselves - the political system, religion, personal circumstances/fate, etc," Gavin Fox says on the origins of 'Free'.
"The message is simple; you can decide to be free, to choose how you want to live your life and to be the person you want to be as an individual. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled. Choose to be free and be liberated by your own limitless possibility."
Fox himself grew up in an environment that was very restrictive, dominated by an extreme religion that controlled his life. Born into a Jehovah’s Witness family, he was told what to think, what to believe and what to do from a very young age. He was never allowed to freely express himself or to choose his own path. He was not permitted to socialise with non-believers. Instead, he spent many hours being taught how to deliver public sermons, delivering his first to an audience of over 100 people at the age of seven. He was also schooled in preaching and spent much of his time going from door-to-door. Birthdays were never tolerated, Christmas celebrations not permitted and any non-religious activities were strongly discouraged.
Gavin knew his life was different to that of his peers, to whom he never really felt he belonged. Leaving the religion would result in being shunned and cut-off from the only community he knew and having to start his life again, alone. When he did find the courage to take that step, it took him many years and an in-depth process of self-analysis to find out who he really was. F
ox had no idea that his story would come out in the form of music. It took the time and space allowed during the lockdown of 2020 for him to discover a hidden creative talent for song-writing. His debut EP features three painfully honest songs, with Fox planning to record an album later this year after amassing a growing fanbase in a short amount of time.
"Many people go through life trying to conform and please others," Fox says of his forthcoming EP.
"'On Second Thoughts' is about being true to yourself and being free to be the person you want to be. It is about giving yourself permission to choose your own course and decide what kind of life you want. It is never too late to discover who you truly are and to freely express yourself. Don’t live with regrets. If you are having second thoughts about what you want out of life, act on them."
Check out the video for 'Free' below: