Download a Contagiously Happy Song and Help Pass a Smile Along! Folk Singer, Heather McCready, Donates a Cheerful Song in Concern Over Rising Depression and Violence

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"How does the negativity in our teen's music reflect upon the stark rise in depression, suicide and violence in this generation?" asks Dallas, Texas-based Folk singer-songwriter and mental health advocate, Heather McCready. She believes there is plenty of reason for concern. In her upcoming CD, Bluebirdy, due for release October 2012, Heather McCready was determined to include only positive, uplifting, "quirkily fun" songs and is also donating all the proceeds to come from downloads of her infectiously happy new single, "Swingin' On the Star", to Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County from now till Labor Day. So, you can support this important effort, download a toe tapping song with a free smile included and pass along the happiness all in a single push of a button! Here is the link! http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/13981783

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Cover Art for "Swingin' On a Star" , Heather McCready's new single from the upcoming album, "Bluebirdy". Download at www.HeatherMcCready.com or http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/13981783

Creative folk artist and suicide prevention advocate, singer-songwriter Heather McCready, is concerned abut the rise in depression, violence and suicide rates in America, especially among teens. Driven by that concern she is writing a series of articles on the subject and will be releasing a very different kind of CD than what is usual for her. Her 5th CD, "Bluebirdy", will not be filled with the songwriter's own songs, rather a collection of her personal favorite's from generations passed that fulfilled two important criteria. She states, "the songs had to be happy and they had to great!". Of course, Heather McCready and her teammate in music, virtuoso musician, arranger-producer Milo Deering, have never produced a CD that didn't include their own distinctive style of uniquely peaceful with creative musical twist and turns, and "Bluebirdy" promises to be no less.

Below is the second article written by Heather McCready on the rise of depression, the evolution of music, and her role as a parent and musical artist in the year 2012. (Click here to read the first in the series, "Music is Food for the Soul. So, Why are we Poisoning Ourselves?" )

"Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens? In an article by Maureen Finn, Dr. Mustaq Khan says, "It is a fact that depression is increasing," noting that nobody really knows why... We really need to identify what's causing it and work directly on the cause,... we really need to look at what we're doing in our daily lives."

"And I say, where better to start than looking at the one thing that nearly all teens love most- music. It has been my observation, that depressing and angry songs aren't just out there- they're everywhere! But what is making them attractive and more prevalent? I spoke with teens who said they felt angry and sad listening to music like this but the music served as an outlet for their emotions. They related to it. So, are more people depressed now than ever and therefore writing more depressing songs? Or are people listening to these depressing songs therefore contributing to their depression, or both? I say both! Writers are more depressed and so are their listeners who are readily identifying with them. Music feeds the soul. It influences us. It affects us. Why feed ourselves a diet of sadness when we are already grieving? I think it's time for comfort food, for lack of a better analogy. It's imperative that parents take note of what their kids are feeding their soul as much as what they are feeding their bodies. Bad choices in both can kill them. And as it turns out, depression is now one of the most deadly. Why should we not be as afraid, if not more so, of sounds that kill the spirit and fuel the depression that is robbing our kids and adults of their lives as we are of any other threat? This is a reality we can control. I, for one, want to see a change and hope that people will join with me in the awareness, detection and treatment of depression and the hope of a more cheerful tune being sung tomorrow!"

Heather's fundraising effort is for the benefit of Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County a non-profit organization in Fort Worth, Texas connecting people in need with those who can help. Heather serves on the board.

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With her treated bipolar creative mind, Heather McCready is known to have a very deep side. She says she "is driven by pain and by compassion. "With her treated bipolar creative mind, Heather McCready is known to have a very deep side. She says she "is driven by pain and by compassion. "Since her treatment with ECT ("shock treatments") for a major depression over 10 years ago, Heather has been functioning well but knows a lot about pain. She also has AS and Sjogren's. Her music seems to touch a chord with other people who suffer.Milo Deering, Heather McCready's Producer and ArrangerMilo Deering, Heather McCready's Producer and ArrangerHeather McCready is has a love of nature and photography. This is one of her own pictures.Heather McCready is has a love of nature and photography. This is one of her own pictures.You can see more of HeatherMcCready's photos at http://www.flikr.com/HeatherMcCready and on her many public Facebook albums..".the song [Neverland,2010] is an artistic achievement in music with it's hypnotic melody sung in Heather's distinctive angelic voice coupled with the beautiful harmonies and rich, rolling cello part"".the song [Neverland,2010] is an artistic achievement in music with it's hypnotic melody sung in Heather's distinctive angelic voice coupled with the beautiful harmonies and rich, rolling cello part"Here music samples and see more pics at www.HeatherMcCready.comHeather's music noted for it's unique blend of acoustic/folk, classical and celtic/bluegrass instrumentation.Heather McCready Opens for Lee Ann Womack with Milo Deering and George Anderson in TucsonHeather McCready Opens for Lee Ann Womack with Milo Deering and George Anderson in TucsonHeather McCready Opens for Lee Ann Womack with Milo Deering and George Anderson in TucsonHeather McCready Opens for Lee Ann Womack with Milo Deering and George Anderson in TucsonStill a kid at heart, Heather plays the guitar in her favorite tree.Still a kid at heart, Heather plays the guitar in her favorite tree.In a recent visit to the UK, Heather McCready posed for this picture.In a recent visit to the UK, Heather McCready posed for this picture.Heather McCready In The Studio Recording "Bluebirdy"Heather McCready In The Studio Recording "Bluebirdy"Heather records in Las Colinas with well respected studio virtuoso and studio musician, arranger-producer, Milo Deering. "Bluebirdy" will be their 5th CD produced together.Heather McCready's sense of humor shines through in this pic taken of her while she was recording the final take of "Swingin' On a Star".Heather McCready's sense of humor shines through in this pic taken of her while she was recording the final take of "Swingin' On a Star".Heather says she had had a long stream of flub ups recording vocals so in a "delirious" last attempt she put on her "giant floppy hat and a pair of sunglasses and grabbed " the random recorder in the corner of the room for good luck. And it worked!"