Utah artist promoting suicide prevention through new album
Jhonny K, whose roots run deep in the music industry, also has roots that run deep when it comes to suicide. He lost his uncle to suicide when just a boy, two short years ago two of his best friends took their own lives, and while in Chicago as a counselor for troubled teens he saw his group size shrink due to death by drug overdose.
Jhonny returned to Utah in 2010 after living in Chicago and Nashville for a period of time and plans to stay and work in the state, which has a suicide rate consistently higher than the U.S. rate for the last decade.
With friends in the music industry, Jhonny has created an album titled “ARISE.” He and artists Jodi Lee, Mallory Ownbey, DJ Preston Lee and producer Randy Slaugh have created this eclectic album of country, pop, hip-hop/positive rap and rock.
The artists collectively decided that all proceeds from album sales will go directly to organizations to help prevent suicide. None of the artists on the album or the producer are taking a dime. The main benefactor in Utah will be Hope4Utah (www.hope4utah.com) and on a national level the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Jhonny hopes that the music and message of the album and the organization he has created will attract sponsors so that he can mount a music/message assembly dealing with depression and suicide prevention that can be presented in schools starting in September of this year. He feels strongly that time is of the essence with suicide being the second leading cause of death among youth 10 to 17 and young adults 18 to 24.
The assemblies would begin in Utah, expand to neighboring states and hopefully within two years be in schools across the country.
Along with the assemblies in the schools, the goal is to make the message of ARISE available to the general public in sponsored concert events where the ticket sales would be donated to suicide prevention programs in the local schools.
“The main mission of ARISE is to reach out to two groups of people, those who have lost someone to suicide and those who struggle with suicidal thoughts and actions. One of our primary goals is to connect those in need to credible local support programs, nonprofits and social workers who can and will help. ARISE hopes to help build a community where we do not judge each other but rather support each other in trials and successes,” Jhonny K said.
The album ARISE will be on sale on their website (www.arisewithus.com) March 2.