Godsmack's Sully Erna Launches Scars Foundation
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has announced the creation of the Scars Foundation to support ongoing mental health struggles facing so many. With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, the Scars Foundation is dedicated to providing resources and tools to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens.
Erna explained, "Scars come in all forms. They are physical and emotional. They're traumatizing and make us fear what people may think of us. But we are ALL imperfect in some way. That's what makes us perfect and unique! Everyone has something that makes him or her insecure or embarrassed. But instead of hiding them or internalizing them, own them and show them off to the world! Let them empower you so you can be a voice for everyone who can't be. If we all wear our scars loudly and proudly, others will follow."
The launch of the foundation coincides with the release of "Under Your Scars," the latest single from Godsmack's seventh and latest studio album, When Legends Rise. Every donation to the Scars Foundation will include a download of the band's "Under Your Scars" single.
"Under Your Scars" is a very different type of song for Godsmack and Erna told us he wants to keep experimenting with his writing: "You know, I'm growing as a songwriter and my skills are developing more and more every year as a producer, and I just can't write the same record over and over again. I don't want to. I mean, if that's what I was going to be pigeonholed into, I think I might just give the guys a big hug and say we had a great run and call it a day, and start producing and writing for some other bands."
Godsmack will embark next week on a tour with Volbeat, kicking off in Nashville on April 16th and ending on May 6th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Eleven of the dates will take place in Canada, with Volbeat co-headlining for most of the Canadian shows.