Home Free and Billy Gilman‘s “One Voice” video is out, and what a video it is. Starring Gilman and Home Free’s Austin Brown, the song comes to life with a powerful story of redemption, and the need for mental health awareness.
“It is a powerful song,” Brown said ahead of the video’s release. “Billy Gilman is a remarkable artist, with an incredible voice. A beautiful platform, and he’s got incredible fans. I think, no I know that everyone who watches this video is going to appreciate it. You’re going to find a whole new love for Billy and this song … This is a message that needs to be out in the world. It is an energy that the whole world can absorb and sort of bring back out with even more love.”
It was Brown and Gilman who filmed the “One Voice” video together.
“We were lucky that we could get Austin and Billy together for this video in Nashville,” Home Free shared on Patreon. “With the story being told in the video, we thought their performances alone would be enough to carry the song.”
As May is Mental Health Awareness month, the timing is perfect for the collaboration, 21 years after Gilman first released the song.
“I would never have imagined that America, let alone in the world, we would be seeing so many suicides,” Gilman said last year of the importance of “One Voice” (via CMT). “If we could be a little nicer to one another and learn that we are all made differently, but we all deserve kindness, love, and respect it would make the world a better place.”
Home Free and Gilman teased the “One Voice” video earlier this week, along with messages of hope for those who are battling depression or other forms of mental illness.
“There are millions suffering in silence across the world every day,” Home Free tweeted. “Mental health is one of the most pressing issues affecting society, and it’s on us to spread love, care, and joy to everyone we meet.”
There are millions suffering in silence across the world every day. Mental health is one of the most pressing issues affecting society, and it’s on us to spread love, care, and joy to everyone we meet. pic.twitter.com/85i9zAi7rp
— Home Free (@HomeFreeGuys) May 5, 2021
“You never know what someone is struggling with. We all put on a brave face for others but inside can be dealing with so much,” Home Free added in a separate social media post. “‘One Voice’ depicts the mental health struggle of a youth. We aim to shed light on [Mental Health Awareness] and tell you that it’s OKAY to ask for help.”
If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available 24/7 by calling Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).