Ryland James Releases “3 Purple Hearts”

Today, two-time JUNO Award-nominated critically acclaimed breakout star Ryland James returns with a vulnerable, vibrant, and vital new single entitled “3 Purple Hearts.”

Ryland made headlines when he publicly came out in an honest and heartfelt letter on his Instagram earlier this year. The new song reflects the same level of candor as he authentically discusses his current relationship over delicately plucked acoustic guitar. Through a show-stopping vocal performance, the theme becomes embodied in the refrain, “Tell me that what we have scares you, I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t scared too.”

Of the single, he shared, “‘3 Purple Hearts’ is the most personal song I’ve ever written about my love life. Early last year, my boyfriend-to-be commented three purple heart emojis on one of my Instagram pictures. I noticed it and somehow immediately knew he was someone special. We started chatting and eventually met in Toronto one beautiful June evening. We fell in love really quickly and spent almost all of our time together over the summer. Due to circumstances brought on by the pandemic, he had to move home to Thunder Bay at the end of that summer, so we did long-distance during the fall and winter. It was one of the most difficult growth periods of my life, but I’ve never experienced anything so rewarding or fulfilling. This song is me telling the story of how we met and how I was honestly feeling about everything in our relationship back when he had to leave for that first scary time.”