I Wont Be Silent!
The goal of this campaign is to raise money to produce a very special song called "Wont Be Silent", a music video and public service announcement (PSA) with a very uplifting message. The song and the videos will be used to spread awareness of depression, hardship and suicide in young people. Suicide is often called the "silent epidemic" and this campaign will help bring the story and the message of suicide prevention and awareness to mainstream media.
Every life that I can help positively impact through my music and/or my story is worth the time. I get messaged daily on my socials from kids that are struggling. Being 15, I am a voice that other teenagers feel comfortable talking to about their struggle. I provide them someone who listens and has lived a similar struggle. No one deserves to hurt so much or feel so helpless!
"Wont Be Silent" is a song meant to let those that are suffering know that it is okay to have the feelings they have and more importantly that help is available to help them turn the tide and not feel hopeless or helpless. This song and video are meant to reach everyone and let them know that they should not be silent when they see someone struggling. Awareness is the first step in prevention of suicide. If you see someone that you are concerned about, please tell someone (a parent, a teacher, a preacher, etc.). Please DON’T BE SILENT!
More about teenage suicide
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,000 attempts by young people grades 9-12.
Suicide is the “silent epidemic.” Those struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, etc. suffer quite often silently in their own worlds. People (friends, family and others) are uncomfortable talking openly about it. You know what is really uncomfortable, when it happens to someone in your family or to a friend! The vacuum left by their absence can’t even be imagined until you find yourself in the middle of it.
My brother Zane
My brother, Zane, battled severe depression and self-harm for many years. Some people were aware, but most saw a genius and an athlete with a heart of gold. For those of you who know me, you know the reality of the struggle of not having my brother around that I admired and looked up to. He fought like a warrior. He gave endlessly, but in the end the pain of the darkness that he faced was more than he could bear. His void is something that my family deals with daily. I watch the pain that my dad lives in and know he will never be the same. Suicide leaves a wake of pain that just goes on and on. I have made it my life’s mission to make a difference.
This Kickstarter is in honor of my brother, Zane Clemens Koehler.
STUDIO / CHIEF ENGINEER: Direct Image Studios - Kenny Royster. Direct Image Studio is located in the heart of “Music City” Nashville, TN. Home of some of the worlds most talented and innovative Artists, Musicians, Songwriters and Entertainment companies. Utilizing Black Lion XB Digital Media to capture music generated by the finest equipment and personnel, Direct Image has been owned and operated by Kenny Royster for 18 years with over 8,000 songs recorded for U.S. and International Artists. One of the most recent projects includes the Luke Combs Number One single “Hurricane”.
PRODUCER: Jeffrey Teague. Combining his education at Berklee School of Music in Boston with decades of performing, recording, production and music publishing, Jeffrey Teague truly understands how to develop and direct an artist. As a musician, touring with genre defining artists such as Harry Chapin, Ray Stevens and Ricky Skaggs, an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, Teague has acquired well-rounded experience throughout the music industry. He held the title of VP/GM of a division of Time Warner, Word Records Nashville, where he delivered major releases for artists such as Kenny Rogers, Ricky Van Shelton, Michael Peterson and Collin Raye, working on projects for many significant labels including Columbia, Capitol, Epic, Word and MCA/Universal.
MUSICIANS: Mike Rojas - Nick Buda -Jon Conley - Pat McGrath - Dave Francis. Career recording credits include: Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band.
VOCALISTS: Tania Hancheroff – Trez Gregory. Career recording credits include: Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Reba, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Gretchen Wilson.
Where your contributions are going
Music Video - $5,000 ... We've got a pro video team ready to shoot the official music video for "Wont Be Silent" to help raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention with a goal of getting the song and message on major television networks including GAC, CMT and more
Public Service Announcement (PSA) - $1,000 ... We'll shoot a PSA formatted to run on local news segments across the country to educate and raise awareness
Production of the song - $6,000 ... We'll head into the studio to record a high quality version of the song "Wont Be Silent", cowritten by Bailey James to spread awareness to the masses. We are using a well known producer and studio quality musicians to achieve the highest level of sound.
Music VIdeo and PSA Marketing - $2,000 ... We'll use a Nashville based marketing company to help promote the PSA and Music Video to major television networks and news networks to spread awareness for suicide prevention and education
Rewards - $250 ... Some of the rewards we're offering as incentive for your contributions cost money such as the t-shirt and production of the single
Kickstarter - $750 ... Kickstarter takes 5% for their troubles.
Who benefits from this campaign?
The result of this campaign is a song, music video and public service announcement. All proceeds from the stream and sale of "Wont Be Silent" song will benefit The Jason Foundation - a foundation that supports suicide awareness and prevention.
Risks and challenges
Suicide is a silent epidemic. Suicide kills more than 4,000 of our youth every day. This campaign tries to bring the conversation forward and get people to discuss their struggle and this may be difficult given the nature of the cause. Our campaign's goal is to bring this topic of conversation to the main stream media through a music video and a public service announcement.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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