Derek Sanders, Jason Lancaster, Cody Carson Team Up To Release “Gotta Be Strong”


In celebration of Father’s Day this weekend, Derek Sanders (Mayday Parade), Jason Lancaster (formerly of Go Radio and Mayday Parade), and Cody Carson (Set It Off) put out a beautiful new track entitled “Gotta Be Strong.”

The new song was produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount of ZK Productions, who also produced some of the three bands’ older records. Odom and Mount shared a statement regarding the song’s background:

“‘Gotta Be Strong’ started out originally as a song written about Zack’s Dad who had passed away. Since then, it has turned into a gathering of voices for Father’s Day including Derek Sanders, Jason Lancaster, and Cody Carson. Everyone involved in this project has either lost a Dad or is a Dad now. And for most, both is the case. We are hoping to draw attention and give weight to the idea of great Fathers that are seeking to make their family’s lives better, as well as support their son’s or daughter’s pursuit of passions and dreams.”

We’re pretty stoked on Sanders and Lancaster reuniting for this, too. You can take a listen to “Gotta Be Strong” below. Don’t forget to greet your old man on his day!

Dana Reandelar

If not hunched over her desk writing about music, Dana can be found binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or condensing long rants to 140 characters. She also writes for Idobi Radio, and is an Off The Record podcast contributor.
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