Ten popular song remakes were released in full Friday, Nov. 8 as Hopeless Records released their second version of “Songs That Saved My Life.” Featuring popular alternative artists, both Vol. 1 and 2 include covers of songs that “played a pivotal role in the lives of artists and fans,” according to the Songs That Saved My Life website.
Prior to the full album release, four singles and two music videos were put out by State Champs, Doll Skin, Silverstein, and With Confidence. These singles included covers of songs such as “Drops of Jupiter” by Train and “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine. Other artists on the album include This Wild Life, The Frights, Mayday Parade, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sharp Tooth, and Trashboat.
Songs That Saved My Life goes beyond music; while these cover albums are the selling point, STSML is a project of the nonprofit organization Sub City, that strives to engage artists and fans in a discussion about mental health. Currently, it benefits mental health awareness and suicide prevention foundations Crisis Text Line, Hope for the Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms.
Founded just over a year ago, STSML released its first volume after teasing the album on social media with videos of featured artists talking about the impact of the songs they had covered and launching Neck Deep’s cover of “Torn,” originally by Natalie Imbruglia. Over the course of the past year, this project has produced two albums digitally and as physical copies, other merchandise, and even a $10,000 grant created to fund campaigns that benefit mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
If you’re looking for a new take on a classic song in pop culture or an easy and entertaining way to support mental health awareness, check out “Songs That Saved My Life Vol. 2” or Vol. 1 on the streaming service of your choice. For more information about all that Songs That Saved My Life encompasses, visit https://www.songsthatsavedmylife.com/ or https://www.hopelessrecords.com/aboutsubcity.