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‘We truly feel that this song needs to be heard’: Recently released Drisdom family single ‘Hold On’ apropos in current climate

SALT LAKE CITY — Runnin’ Ute fans will remember Tim Drisdom.

The Artesia, California, native spent four years up on the hill from 2002 to 2006, playing a key role on a pair of NCAA tournament teams.

His younger brother, Terrence Drisdom, didn’t play for the U., but basketball is in his blood, as evidenced by his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona and then stints in the NBA’s G-League and in Mexico.

The brothers, by and large, are known their abilities on the hardwood and they’ve collaborated before. Fans of the The Basketball Tournament will remember Terrance and Tim playing for Team Utah as recently as last year.

The latest collaboration between the two has nothing to do with basketball, though.

Off the court, Terrence Drisdom is also a musical artist who writes, produces and performs under the name ERNE. As for Tim Drisdom, he is the leader of the Salt Lake City Mass Choir. The COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation of professional basketball seasons worldwide gave Terrence, Tim and other family members Cj Drisdom, Chris Drisdom and Anise Perry-Drisdom the opportunity to create a song together.

Entitled “Hold On,” it was inspired by the various trying events that have affected both brothers lives. Events that have encouraged them to “hold on.” The song, which premiered on YouTube on May 28, is especially fitting given the current social climate.

“Truly, if it wasn’t for the pandemic, and the pro basketball season being canceled, this song wouldn’t have been created. At least not right now,” ERNE said in a statement. “But God had another plan, and we truly feel that this song needs to be heard.”

After only a few days on YouTube, the music video had more than 9,000 views and as of Wednesday, it has now reached over 13,000 views, a welcome turn of events.

“The response to the song has been extraordinary,” said Tim Drisdom. “On behalf of ERNE and our entire family, we are thrilled to share this message of positivity with the world and pray that it touches people’s hearts.”