Last month, Hellyeah launched their latest single, “Hush” during No More Week, a public awareness movement to help stop sexual assault and domestic violence. Singer Chad Gray wrote the song about the domestic violence that took place in his childhood. The band have released a video for the song, which you can see above, and in conjunction with the release of the video, the band have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for A Call To Men, a violence-prevention initiative.
The campaign seeks to raise $10,000, and is about 1/10th of the way there now one day in. Perks range from a limited edition Hellyeah shirt for $30 to a one-hour cooking lesson via Skype with Vinnie Paul or a one-hour Skype guitar lesson with Tom Maxwell for $1,000. Here’s what Gray has to say about the song and the campaign:
“Hell’s where I was born, Hell’s where I was raised, this Hell is where I’m from and this Hell is where I’ll stay…’ is the essence of the song. There’s something very empowering about the realization and recognition of where you are in life. Even in the darkest of times. It’s human nature to adapt and overcome or at least find comfort on some level. Isolation is just that. Uncomfortable. But considering the alternative isolation becomes a womb or safe place. I lived that existence and music got me through those dark times.It saved my life…No matter how cold and lonely it felt, there was a voice speaking to me and that voice was music. When I listened to music, I interpreted the artists’ message however I deemed it applicable to my life and surroundings, which Is why I write lyrics that are open-ended. I think the mantra of this song is no matter how alone you may feel, you’re not alone. But it’s up to you to speak out and expose your situation. If you let people know and let them in, you’re not alone.” – Chad Gray of HELLYEAH