Finnish musician Aksel Kankaanranta was scheduled to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Looking Back”, which ended up being sadly cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Aksel is looking to reclaim his spot on the Eurovision stage by competing in the Finnish national selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 (UMK) with the song “Hurt”.
This latest release an emotionally moving pop ballad that focuses on how looks can be deceiving & someone who appears fine on the outside could be deeply hurting on the inside. It’s also a reminder that you don’t need to be anyone but yourself.
The song features a sensational backing track that highlights the raw fragility within the lyrical aspect of this touching song, which creates a natural connection with audiences from the very first listen.
Aksel delivers a stunningly beautiful vocal performance that reflects the raw-emotion behind this movingly heartfelt song & captures the pure spirit that flows throughout this magical musical piece.
In my honest opinion, I would not be surprised to see this song creating waves amongst the current music scene, very shortly.
You can check out “Hurt” on Spotify below.