Removing the stigma and isolation from depression and bipolar disorder is Vince Grant’s mission as an artist. His debut record My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me is an honest, heartbreaking, soul-releasing journey that we all can gather strength from.
Because Grant understands the power of visuals, two of the EP’s songs have been made into videos. Both “Melancholia” and “How Many Times You” were directed by Alex Nasonov and are simple and well-produced, allowing the artist to connect.
For many, Grant’s openness about his depression is brave. For others, it’s necessary. Breaking taboos and addressing depression head on leads to a much healthier existence. And sharing his thoughts about his struggles through music has made Grant’s work, and him, stronger. “I write songs to cope. I’d like to say I write songs to heal, but that may be asking too much.”
“I’ve suffered from depression my whole life. I really can’t recall a time when I haven’t 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 over me and waiting to pounce at any moment,” Grant says.
But Grant is not just the sum total of his condition or diagnosis. He’s a well-traveled, talented musician and singer/songwriter. The native Chicagoan spent significant time on both coasts and has toured with various bands and as a solo artist. He’s busked on the streets of Venice. He’s struggled with drugs and alcohol. He’s bounced back. He’s lived a life. Most importantly, he’s lived to tell the story and inspire others.
With My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me, Grant has pushed through to the other side of his recovery. And maybe in doing so, he’ll help someone else see that’s it possible to live in the daylight again.
Vince Grant – Vocals, acoustic guitar
Additional musicians on recording:
Doug Grean – Electric guitars, bass, keyboards
Keith Larsen – Drums
Produced, recorded and mixed by Doug Grean
Mastered at Rodney Mills Masterhouse
My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me Tracklisting:
2. Oceans II
3. Edge Of The World
4. How Many Times You
5. Sweet Addiction
“How Many Times You”