Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel, teamed up with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families, in releasing their latest song, “You Won’t See Me Again,” from their chart-topping Billboard EP, Water. The video premiered on Billboardtoday. Read the interview and watch the video HERE.
Singer and guitarist for the band, Drew Copeland, co-wrote the song alongside hit songwriter, Neil Carpenter, while watching his brother-in-law suffer with alcohol use disorder. Lead vocalist, Ken Block, has also been in recovery for alcohol and drug addiction for 15 years, which made the song even more significant and more moving for the band.
“On our own, we could only do so much, we could only reach so many people,” said Copeland. “It was important for us to partner up with someone who understands addiction and already had their legs underneath them in helping fight issues like this. So it was a no-brainer for the band to partner with Shatterproof to continue to draw attention to such a worthy cause and have a bigger voice because of the collective effort.”
Beginning in April for Alcohol Awareness Month, fans were encouraged to break the silence and share their story of how addiction has affected their life on Shatterproof.
“There has been so much shame wrapped around this disease and people are hesitant to come out and talk about. Addiction can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate and people should not feel alone in this,” Copeland says.“No matter their walk of life, and no matter what stage they’re in with their addiction—whether they’re in the middle of it or heading toward it. We just need to come together and do the best we can to help defeat this disease.” Read more on the story viaShatterproof’s blog.
Sister Hazel will continue captivating audiences this summer with their high-energy, “Roll On Bye” Tour. Dates include a recent return visit to the Grand Ole Opry stage in May, The Hang at Hazelnut Isle, andCMA Music Fest. For a full list of tour dates, news, and more, visit http://sisterhazel.com/tour/
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.
About Sister Hazel:
Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status. In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, #30 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with “Unplugged From Daryl’s House Club” at #75. In 2018, “Water,” Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” landed on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #9 and at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart along with making their debut on the most revered stage in country music, the Grand Ole Opry. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding “The Rock Boat” and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and “Camp Hazelnut” that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with “Lyrics For Life.” Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.