Shinedown’s Brent Smith Says His Son Saved Him From His ‘Vanity’
Shinedown’s Brent Smith recently opened up about the impact of becoming a father to his son, Lyric, in an exclusive interview with The Messenger at the 2024 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO concert.
After talking about mental health, the importance of communication, and self-care, Smith discussed the influence his 16-year-old son, who is more interested in basketball than music, has had on him, saying:
“The day he was born, he saved my life because he made me realize that it was no longer about me, so he saved me from my vanity. He’s the whole reason I work as hard as I do.”
Breaking The Silence On Mental Health
Speaking of how staying silent about mental health issues is detrimental in the earlier part of his interview, the singer explained:
“We’re all a work in progress. I come from an interesting background, but at the end of the day, I’m a human, and the way I’ve always looked at mental health is the worst thing you can do is be quiet. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and you got to talk about it. That’s how you exercise your brain.”
Brent also reflected on his own journey of self-improvement and health. He shared his experience of losing 70 pounds between 2010 and 2012, reinventing himself through exercise and proper diet. This transformation was part of his larger commitment to maintaining an active lifestyle and listening to his body.
Shinedown’s Music Reflecting Personal Struggles
The band’s history, marked by hits like ‘A Symptom of Being Human’ from their 2022 ‘Planet Zero’ album, mirrors Smith’s personal and emotional narratives. The song addresses the complexities of human emotions and the importance of self-awareness and mental health. The rocker also said the following about mental health in a May 2023 chat with USA Today:
“I think people feel if they talk about the fact that they’re dealing with depression and anxiety, there’s something wrong with them. But you don’t need to feel embarrassed or ashamed if you need to reach out to someone who can help you. If you can tell something is off, the worst thing you can do is be quiet and not listen to the person. And if you are having those emotions, we don’t want you to be quiet, either.”
Smith, along with his bandmates, has been open about struggles with mental health, both personally and through their music. Shinedown’s albums, including ‘Attention Attention’ and ‘Planet Zero,’ feature themes of dealing with clinical depression and resilience.