As the country faces an ever-widening opioid epidemic, singer-songwriter Vince Grant has released a new video, Sweet Addiction, an affecting musical account of his personal struggle with addiction. The song is the latest from his critically acclaimed EP entitled, My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me, which the Huffington Post featured stating, “To say that this EP is promising, good, or great would be a disservice. It’s more than that. It’s an ethereal voice that tells us we are not alone.”
As the title of the EP suggests, many of the lyrics deal with Grant’s ongoing battle with depression, but he also explores his past of alcohol and drug addiction. The song Sweet Addiction addresses his journey to fight and overcome the cycle of alcohol and drug abuse to ease his internal pain. “Drugs, alcohol, depression, they took me out. I was heavily self-medicating,” says Vince.
The accompanying video was directed, shot and edited by up and coming director Sandu Negrea. “This is the second video I’ve done with Sandu and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with him. He’s an artist both behind the camera and in his editing. His skills and artistry are evident for all to see. For me, he completely captured the emotion and pain of the song, as well as the underlying message of hope,” states Grant. “I think he has created a very powerful piece. It’s actually hard for me to watch as it brings back a lot of memories.” Watch here.
In addition to the critical response his EP has received, Grant has also been making new fans, many who have contacted him to say how much what he is doing and his music means to them. “I get messages from people thanking me for my openness and honesty, how my music has helped them with their depression or that of a loved one. How the songs have helped them with their own struggles with alcohol and addiction or better understand someone similarly afflicted. Some have even expressed that the music helped them possibly understand how someone close to them would commit suicide. I write songs to cope and it’s an incredibly powerful, and humbling, experience to connect so deeply with somebody through music.”