Mental Health and the Music Industry

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Mental Health and the Music Industry

My first introduction to an in depth exploration of mental health and the music industry was the summer of 2021 in San Francisco.

Josh Donaldson, founder of When the Music Stops, invited me to moderate a panel discussion about the topic. That’s where I met today’s guest, Grammy-nominated music producer, Rob Knox.

A-List Artists

You might not recognize his name, but you will surely know the names of the A-list artists he works with: Justin Timberlake, TI, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Rhianna, Ciara and many others.

His first collaboration with Justin and TI on the hit record, Dead and Gone, earned them a Grammy nod in 2009.

Rob and I had an instant connection and I knew he would have a lot to offer to the Our Voices Matter Podcast audience.

I was right.

How to Live Your Best Life

Mental health and the music industry is certainly an area we explore, but there is so much more to our wide-ranging conversation.

His upbringing as a Coptic Orthodox Christian raised in an Egyptian household. His leap of faith into the high pressure music industry, determined to follow his passion. How and when he understood the true power of music and its place in our world. Even the ability to help save a life.

Through it all, what emanates is Rob’s humanity and his clarity about how to live one’s best life with grace and empathy. Hard learned lessons along the way that he is courageous and vulnerable enough to share.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

For most of us, there’s a soundtrack of our lives. Music, songs that evoke a specific memory of a time, a place, an emotion. What a gift!

Producers like Rob Knox and the incredible artists he works with are those we must thank.

For putting into beats and words what is in our hearts.

And for making us smile while giving us respite from the chaos of our world.

So, more, please! We know you and Justin are working on new music, and we can’t wait to hear it!

In the meantime, thank you, Rob, for, sharing your heart with our audience.

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