“Why did you write a book?”
Hey Icon Army,
When we started this band a few years back, I could not have guessed I would one day write a book. I just wanted to connect with other people who felt like I did, and I wanted to use the most powerful weapon I knew: music.
As we grew, it became clear our music was attracting a certain type of people. The messy ones. The hungry ones. The kinds of people who were going against the grain and had been through some real, intense stuff in their lives.
My kind of people.
So when I started learning how to overcome my own pain and internal demons, it became massively important to me that I didn’t hold out on our listeners.
These people had seen me through some dark times, I owed it to them to be honest when I found something that was working.
I started making videos and writing blog posts, trying to convey what it meant to survive life’s struggles and come out stronger on the other side. I even started doing one-on-one phone call sessions with our fans-anything to help move us all further along faster.
Because I knew that every day drenched in sadness feels like forever when you’re in the middle of it.
But still, I knew that it was time for me to face my fears and create something I had never made before.
And it was time to share the most personal parts of my story, the parts our fans had never heard before.
It was time to break myself wide open and tell you everything.
Writing this book was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Opening up on the page-just me, without the music-took a lot of courage.
But I did it for the same reason I do everything; for you. Because I escaped the misery that used to be my normal, and how dare I keep that secret to myself?
The truth is this: I’ve known deep, overwhelming pain, and now I know how to live free, at peace with myself, and I am totally committed to pulling others out of the mess and into a better life. I want you to have that, too.
I don’t have all the answers. But I do know that learning to love and accept myself has changed everything. I desperately want you to have the same chance that I had. I want you to be happy, and free.
Turn Your Pain Into Art comes out January 12, 2018, and I’d be honored to have your early vote of confidence and for you to pre-order it here.
Thank you for always inspiring me, and supporting my art making!
Love you so.