Depression is a major illness in America, and many who are afflicted by it suffer in silence. Singer-songwriter Vince Grant decided to address that with his music.
Los Angeles, CA – With his guitar, melodic voice and deeply profound lyrics, Vince Grant is shining a light on the dark shadow of depression. He has suffered from the malady most of his life, but has attracted accolades and scores of new fans since he decided to channel the disease’s energy into an unforgettable collection of songs that comprise his debut EP entitled My Depression Is Always Trying to Kill Me.
With 12 million Americans reporting episodes of depression and anxiety each year, Vince Grant has plenty of empathetic listeners, but in the end it is the quality of the music that has garnered him critical acclaim. He was featured in the Huffington Post, which stated, “To say that this EP is promising, good, or great would be a disservice. It’s more than that. It’s an ethereal voice that tells us we are not alone.” The release has been featured on dozens of music industry websites, and received excellent reviews from popular music sites such as Music Times, Popdose, Rebel Noise, Nashville Music Guide, and Guardian Liberty Voice, among others. Writing songs about his ongoing battle with depression is a cathartic release for Grant. “I write songs to cope,” says Vince, “To liberate my thoughts and feelings on the page and be able to marry the words to music, it’s a fantastic feeling.”
His latest single, Oceans II, continues the theme of sharing honestly what it is like to be a passionate artist struggling with feelings of despair and sadness, but there is also a message of hope that weaves throughout the EP. “I try to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day and no matter how low I may get there is still a glimmer of hope,” states Grant.
Besides grappling with his depression, Grant’s songs also explore his past struggles with alcohol and addiction. His song Sweet Addiction addresses his journey to fight and overcome the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse to ease his internal pain. “Drugs, alcohol, depression, they took me out. I was heavily self medicating,” says Vince.
In addition to the critical response his EP has received, Grant has also been making new fans, many who have contacted him to say how much what he is doing and his music means to them. “I get emails, messages on Facebook, from people thanking me for my openness and honesty, how my music has helped them with their depression or that of a loved one. Some have expressed that the music helped them possibly understand how someone close to them would commit suicide. It’s an incredibly powerful, and humbling, experience to connect so deeply with somebody through music.”
His website features songs, interviews, reviews, pictures and videos. Visit www.vincegrantmusic.com for more.
About Vince Grant:
From his bio, “I’ve suffered from depression my whole life. Really can’t recall a time I haven’t been depressed, even as a kid. In more joyful moments, I was and still am aware of the specter of the disease lurking in the shadows, hovering around me and waiting to pounce at any moment. It’s an unnerving way to live. After years of painful confusion I was placed on psychiatric drugs and later diagnosed as being bipolar. I took these medications for quite some time and during the last four years of treatment was on three different psych meds per day. During this period I was also self medicating by drinking heavily and using various street drugs as well as abusing my prescription medications.”
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