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20 Stories of Musicians Who Promote Hope, Happiness, and Wellness


A few weeks ago, I asked you about your favorite happy song.

(If you missed it, feel free to head over to What’s YOUR Favorite Happy Song? and share with us!)

However, some musicians aren’t ALL about the music; whether it’s participating (or launching) a campaign or sharing their own success stories, many use their fame to spread happiness and wellness beyond just an upbeat tune.

This week, let’s take a look back at some of the musicians who take happiness and hope to an entirely different level.

  1. Flaws Are OK: Lessons From Lorde — Find out how this teenage crooner promotes real beauty.
  2. Dave Matthews and Grover Learn to Express Their Feelings — During this super sweet appearance on Sesame Street, Dave Matthews teams up with Grover to express their feelings with music.
  3. Nashville Stars Record Children Songs for “Everybody Has a Story” — Mega country stars like Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Faith Hill lend their voices to record tunes written by children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  4. Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety — “My dreams were being put on hold just to handle this addiction and minimize my insecurities.”
  5. DMB Violinist Boyd Tinsley: “My Life Is a [BEEP!] Adventure” — Oh, don’t act like you’re shocked I’d feature Dave Matthews Band twice in one list.
  6. Frank Ocean On the Magic in Truth, Honesty, and Openness — Frank Ocean received rabid support from his record label, fans, and fellow artists when he came out.
  7. Put the D*mn Camera Down! Lessons From Outkast’s Big Boi — “It’s cool to put the damn cameras down and start clapping!” This advice ain’t just for concerts.
  8. What, What? What, What? Macklemore and the You Can Play Campaign — We know anti-gay language has no place anywhere, and the You Can Play Project focuses on keeping anti-gay attitudes off the field and out of the locker room.
  9. Lessons From Paul McCartney: “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” — “If you’re enjoying it, why do something else? And what would you do? I love what I do so much that I don’t really want to stop. I’m just kind of casually keeping an eye on how I feel, and onstage, it feels like it’s always felt. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
  10. Sinead O’Connor To Speak During Grassroots Suicide Prevention Event — She’s done and said some controversial things in her time, but speaking at this suicide prevention event wasn’t one of them.
  11. Alanis Morissette On Postpartum Depression — Morissette appears on Chelsea Lately and postpartum depression and recovery.
  12. Bruce Springsteen Battled Depression, Suicidal Thoughts — Whenever a celebrity comes out with personal information about his emotional and mental health (or experience with mental health issues), the public takes note. We want to see the person doing well, and hope that by sharing his experiences, he can help others.
  13. The Avett Brothers: New Album, New Understanding Of Life And Death — According to founding member Scott Avett, the album deals with some deep issues — namely, life and death — and the group’s personal accounts of those issues.
  14. Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender — “I’m going to have embarrassing moments and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”
  15. Confidence Shines Through: Lessons From Christina AguileraThe Voice star explains that it’s your confience — not your body — that matters.
  16. SAMHSA, Department Of Health To Honor Cyndi Lauper At Heroes Of Hope — Cyndi Lauper acted as the Honorary Chairperson for Awareness Day, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded her for her LGBT foundation, the True Colors Fund.
  17. Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher Film Mental Health PSA — Country singer Carrie Underwood and her hockey playing husband Mike Fisher teamed up to let teens know they’re “beautiful,” “special,” and “loved.”
  18. New Offspring Album Offers Message Of Hope — According to Offspring frontman Dexter Holland, he chose “Days Go By” as the album’s first single, and the title of the album, because of it’s message of hope.
  19. Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation Host Poster Contest — The Born This Way Foundation lists three pillars — safety, skills, and opportunity — and aims to “foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.”
  20. MTV Special: “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” — Demi went beyond just talking about her issues and thanking her fans for support; she filmed a documentary special, “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong,” that gives her fans an idea of what life’s been like since she left the treatment center.

How about YOU, readers? Do you have a favorite musician who’s gone above and beyond to promote happiness and wellness?

20 Stories of Musicians Who Promote Hope, Happiness, and Wellness

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2014). 20 Stories of Musicians Who Promote Hope, Happiness, and Wellness. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 29, 2020, from


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