Today we're premiering a very special song by a very special artist, "Stronger" by NYC-based singer/songwriter/producer Stef Lang
. The song will be officially released everywhere on October 18th but until then, you can listen in advance right here. The song is a shining pop anthem, similar to Katy Perry's "Roar" or Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," but what makes this song different from the rest is Lang's story. What she's singing about has been personally experienced by the singer herself. Everything was done hands-on, from the writing to the producing, and when you hear the story, your eyes might start welling up. ALL
of the song sales will be donated to the charity Dare2Express and sent directly to the people in need of help with their battle with mental illness. Lang expands on the song below.
"At 18, I experienced severe depression for almost 6 months. I stopped working, writing, singing and literally would not leave my house. For some unknown reason, I completely shut everybody out and wouldn't talk to anyone. I didn't eat, I wouldn't sleep... Most days I'd have uncontrollable emotional break downs and wonder around my house feeling like a ghost. I had boxed myself in for so long to the point where I felt completely brain dead. At my lowest point, I wanted to drown in my tub."
"After seeking help with doctors, therapy etc... I learned that the best thing I could do was to educate myself. Reading about mental illness gave me knowledge and it gave me a power over what I was experiencing. Recovering was possible when I made a conscious decision to NOT give up on myself. Believing that I was STRONGER than what I was dealing with was truly what helped me become a champion, not a victim. Dealing with depression is still something I have to keep at bay every single day... And I have so many wonderful, beautiful, brilliant people in my life that have similar struggles with mental health. This is why this cause is so important to me. I believe talking about mental health saves lives and I believe music heals. I'm sharing my story with no filters."
"I've partnered with a charity and campaign called Dare2Express. They are dedicated to raising awareness for Mental Health & Wellness and provide grants to people in need. As one of the Dare2Express Ambassadors, I've written and produced a new song in honor of my battle and those also currently battling."