Feel Out Loud
Serena Ryder with Various Voices: Feel Out Loud
Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Serena Ryder: What I Wouldn't Do
Leelah Gilday: North Star Calling
Chief Jimmy Bruneau
Sarah McLachlan School of Music
artists: Serena Ryder and 50 other Canadian artists for "Kids Help Phone:
songwriters: Serena Lauren Ryder, Jerrod Michael Bettis
date released: March 2, 2023
"Feel Out Loud" is a compilation of four parts: "What I Wouldn't Do" sung by Serena Ryder; "North Star Calling" sung by Indigenous artist, Leela Gilday; a French section; and a collection of promising young voices from all across Canada singing to promote a social lifeline for youth called: Kids Help Phone. In the video, there is even a cameo of Sarah McLachlan and her choir from her school of music; as well, Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories. The song was complicated to quiz as there are two bridges: one as lyrics from "North Star Calling" (Leela Gilday) and one in French. It got very confusing at times, but I did my best for a very worthy cause of helping troubled youth. The various artists are a representation of diversity and represents the demographics of Canada well.
The following addresses singer Serena Ryder's own journey from mental illness to wellness.
From ET Canada:
“’What I Wouldn’t Do’ is a song about love, and I think learning to love ourselves is our most important journey in life,” shares Serena Ryder. “It’s an honour to reimagine the song with Leela Gilday, Bob Ezrin and all of the amazing musicians across Canada. I want to let young people know that it’s okay to not be okay, and there are caring, supportive people who are there for them, no judgement, no issue too big or too small. I hope as you listen to this song, you will be reminded we all have of our own struggles and needs, but help is available, Kids Help Phone is there”.
The single, released on March 2, 2023, kicks off Kids Help Phone‘s new initiative to help Canadian youth “feel out loud” and express their emotions in a safe and supported way. It is anchored by a fundraising goal of $300 million to reach every young person in Canada by 2024 by expanding access to Kids Help Phone’s e-mental health services.
Collectively calling themselves Feel Out Loud, the 50-plus artists include a pantheon of Canada’s best and brightest young talent, including Serena Ryder, Leela Gilday, Alessia Cara, JESSIA, Johnny Orlando, JP Saxe, Rêve, Roy Woods, The Reklaws, TOBi, Tyler Shaw and many more, along with the powerful addition of children’s choirs from both the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Vancouver and Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories.
“We are honoured to contribute to this incredible cause,” added Ezrin and Lennox in a statement. “Nothing is more important to the health of our country than the mental health of all youth.”