I believe we all have demons trying to bring us down. Sometimes they get through and make us feel numb. They make us feel that nothing in our lives is worth anything and that we’re not worth anything. When it happens, that’s depression. The song “Get Up” was written by Brent to his friend and band mate Eric about his struggle with depression. I’ve struggled with depression since I was about 13 years old. I told my mom that I couldn’t feel happiness anymore. My friends, family and my love of music have helped me heal and have become my medication.
That’s why I incorporated the songs “Devil” and “Get Up” into this artwork for the band. I also wrote them a personal letter on the back expressing how thankful I am for the music they’ve created and how it’s helped me with my depression. When I showed Brent the work he gave me a big hug and said, “You did this? No way! That’s amazing!” I’ve never felt more pleased with my work in my entire life than at that moment. Giving this to Shinedown made me the happiest girl in the world at that moment. It all still feels like a dream.