Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff continues to prove to the world that he is an incredible songwriter. He's no stranger to the process, but when one longtime fan asked him to write a song for their wedding anniversary, he felt really touched by the story.
"Typically when asked to write a song for someone, I would just send it to them and that would be the end of it. But I was so captivated by their story, that I couldn't let it go without putting it on my album," he says. "I felt like it's such a powerful story of love, and perseverance, it compelled me to help spread that message."
That message shines through in the new video for "Runaway," off the upcoming album LONESOME, which comes out January 27 on InVogue Records. You can preorder the album (and even a coffee date with JT) here.
In the video, JT tells his own love story by showcasing all of the things that matter most to him. "When it came down to filming the video, my main idea was to feature some of the things I love most in life," he shares. "The first thing you will notice is that my daughter, Avery, is the star of the show. One of the most shining parts of my life. I dug deep into my cellphone video archives and found some footage of years ago that made me smile. The next thing you will notice is my cats. Mr Pibbs and Ruby were able to get a little screen time. Such loving creatures. And finally a glowing cactus. I absolutely love the desert. All these things make me smile during dark times, and give me the spark I need to keep going."
The song talks about love as a promise. Love promises to be there through the tough times, and not to flee when life gets harder. "And I feel when life gets too real, you'll never run away from me. And I see all this beauty and truth, I'll never run away. I'll always run back to you."
"It was important for me to showcase things that I love, in such a time when people are being divided." Woodruff says. "I wanted to open up elements of my personal life in this video, to show fans and longtime listeners who I have become. I hope you think the video is fun and lighthearted, as intended. We need more love in our world right now."
JT Woodruff is currently on the road with In Her Own Words, Woven In Hiatus and Hazing as a part of the InVogue Records Unplugged Tour. Check out the new video for "Runaway" and their remaining tour dates below!
01.25.17 RICHMOND, VA CANAL CLUB
01.26.17 GREENSBORO, NC BLIND TIGER
01.27.17 ATLANTA, GA UNDER THE COUCH
01.28.17 NASHVILLE, TN ROCKETOWN
01.29.17 DALLAS, TX RBC
01.30.17 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX HOUSE OF ROCK
01.31.17 AUSTIN, TX SIDEWINDER
02.01.17 EL PASO, TX LOWBROW PLACE
02.02.17 PHOENIX, AZ REBEL LOUNGE
02.03.17 LAS HAVASU, CA HANGAR 24 (FREE SHOW)
02.04.17 REDLANDS, CA HANGAR 24 (FREE SHOW)
02.05.17 FULLERTON, CA SLIDEBAR (FREE SHOW)
02.07.17 LOS ANGELES, CA EMO NIGHT (JT ONLY)
02.08.17 VAN NUYES, CA WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL
02.09.17 LAS VEGAS, NV BEAUTY BAR
02.10.17 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Loading Dock
02.11.17 GREELY, CO MOXI THEATER
02.12.17 KANSAS CITY, MO RIOT ROOM