It has been more than three years since former Emerson Drive bass player Patrick Bourque took his life only a day before his 30th birthday. Patrick's friends, family and fellow bandmates were stunned by the tremendous loss and the hole it left in their lives. In Patrick's memory, Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates and guitarist Danick Dupelle, along with Tebey Ottoh, wrote 'When I See You Again,' a touching song to help ease the pain brought on by his passing.

"'When I See You Again' represents the words and feelings of losing someone close," Brad Mates says. "It's the type of song that makes you reflect on that person's character, remembering everything that they stood for. We have been lucky enough in our career to have released 'Moments,' [which was] a song that touched people's hearts and helped them through rough times. 'Moments' was a great example of the healing power a song has. We believe that anyone who listens to 'When I See You Again' will be able to relate the words to their own situation and make things a little easier knowing that someone else out there understands what they are going through."

The song's video (watch it below) was filmed at a Nashville rehearsal studio where the band have frequently practiced over the past seven years. Emerson Drive's fiddle player David Pichette directed the clip, which showcases the raw feelings and emotions that were in the room that day.


"We have recorded quite a bit of music at the studio where we shot the video, and we have a lot of good times to remember as a band that happened inside those four walls," David tells The Boot. "We thought the song was strong enough to stand on its own and only required us to perform it to the camera as we felt it. Brad became very emotional signing the song because there isn't a day that goes by where we don't think of Patrick. Brad's performance showed how fresh the wound still is even after three years."

"Another very emotional moment was going back through old footage I had shot of the band during the Shania Twain Up tour in 2003 and 2004," David continues softly. "We were young, crazy and playing unbelievable venues every night. Back then, none of us could've ever imagined the idea that Patrick would be leaving us so suddenly, three years later."

Emerson Drive was the first Canadian country band to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard country singles chart with 'Moments.' They have won six Canadian Country Music Awards, including Group and Single of the Year in 2007. Look for the band's first greatest hits album, 'Decade of Drive,' to hit stores on February 8, 2011. |