Songs That Saved My Life - a captivating and compelling collection of songs wrapped in emotions and memories. For some, this is a brand new experience that they may not even be aware will change their life. For others, it’s a callback to a time and a place in their lives when that song was their hope, their therapy, their reason to go on.
Each song has an edginess that preserves the angst of the original cut that spoke to people and touched their lives in the first place. Some artists chose to recreate the original versions in a similar fashion, while others took to reinventing the structure of the song to bring an entirely new twist.
Twelve bands brought their distinct style and sound to twelve moving songs from the past - some instantly recognizable, and some a newer experience. Many of the contributing artists also participated in a series of testimonial videos, in which they describe their involvement in the project as well as the meaning it had to them personally.
The album was produced in the studio of Hopeless Records, an independent record label out of California. This company places high importance on charitable projects, working with bands to raise money for their self-run non profit organization by the name of Sub City, which runs the Take Action Tour. Taking on and producing this album was a clear next step for the giving and forward-thinking label, adding to the two million dollars they have already raised for various organizations through prior projects.
Part of this album project was incorporating a Grant program that would benefit Nonprofits through individuals partnering with them. “The Sub City Songs That Saved My Life Grant, presented by Hopeless Records, is a $10,000 grant to help fund campaigns that benefit mental health and suicide prevention. Bands and fans can partner with their favorite charity to send us their ideas."
A platform has now been created for listeners to share their own songs that saved their life through a Spotify playlist created to share stories and start conversations.
Fans of this album have taken to this playlist in addition to social media to share their emotions and spread the world that no one is alone in their struggles. A collection of these outpourings can be found on the #STSML website.