Embracing the new virtual landscape many performance artists find themselves in during the age of social distancing, St. Louis musician John Henry is using a Kickstarter campaign for pre-orders of his new album, “Out At Sea.”
If the fundraiser is successful, donors will not only receive a record and a screen print from local shop Sleepy Kitty, they will also be supporting a cause close to Henry’s heart: mental health advocacy.
“A few years ago we lost a band member to suicide, so mental health was a major issue that we dealt with. It was a huge loss, and it was a very confusing time,” Henry said Friday on St. Louis on the Air. “I think a lot of men, in a certain respect, are taught to bury this so you don’t see it, and that’s when it becomes very dangerous, I feel like.”
“If we can bring a little bit of light to that issue, it’s something that means a lot to us,” he said.
Every dollar of Henry’s $3,500 campaign will be matched by national and local businesses to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Louis.
Hear Sarah Fenske’s conversation with Henry:
What: “Out At Sea” release show
When: July 17, 2020
Where: Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, MO 63118)
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