Shinedown’s Brent Smith Reveals When He’s ‘More Dangerous’ For The People

Shinedown’s Brent Smith recently sat down with ‘Audacy Check In’ to talk about his journey in being sober. When the interviewer asked how he he changed over the years and found his way back mentally and physically the singer replied:

“I mean I think that’s the hope is that we evolve and we understand that. I got to a place where I think a lot of it for me happened when my son was born. My son’s going to be 16 in December and he is literally the most important thing in my life. He’s an incredible young man and I’m unbelievably well actually I’m so proud of him and the man that he’s becoming but he had a lot to do with it.”

The singer who has been open about his struggles about substance abuse shared that his son was the main reason he changed his ways. He added:

“Because I just kind of looked at that and that moment in time where I was going to be a father and I said to myself, ‘Well, I’m no good to him if I’m dead.’ I was doing a lot of bad things. My past is pretty much out there you can look me up. I have issues and I have a history with substance abuse. I’ve never hid that from anybody I don’t necessarily talk about it a lot if people will ask me about it I’ll go into it with them but you know that’s the one part of my life that I have to do one day at a time.”

Brent shared the story of how a conversation with a good friend completely changed his perspective on his addiction. He explained:

“My addiction and that other guy that’s in me I have to respect the fact that’s a part of who I am. A really special person in my life a really good friend of mine a few years ago when I was really finding my sobriety and finding the gym and getting myself in shape she said something to me that I think she kind of put me on a course for success.”

The singer said once he realized that he was ‘more dangerous when he was sober’ he was a new person. The rocker added:

“Because she made me understand like, ‘Look you can’t outrun this guy that’s in your head, you know it doesn’t work that way. But what I will tell you is you are way more dangerous when you’re sober.’ For whatever reason man when she said that to me a light bulb went off.”

You can watch Brent Smith’s interview with ‘Audacy Check In’ below.