Rocker David Scotney of the band JANUS has created a way to give back through his passion -music. MUSIC FOR GOOD is a label Scotney designed to combine philanthropy of all kinds with compelling music from all kinds of artists. The label will release each single to benefit and draw awareness to a different cause. Signing deals with various artists in many genres who want to give a voice and awareness to a cause of their choosing, the deal will not tie down the individual artist, but simply allow them the opportunity to license one song to the label that will lead their mission with all profits from the song going directly to their cause. This label is a non-profit operation and fully philanthropic.
Scotney is proud to kick off the label’s release schedule on May 3, 2019 with a song of his own (JANUS’ first in 6 years) and a cause dear to his heart. The first single to be released via MUSIC FOR GOOD is a re-imagining of the song, "Drive" by the Cars. Listening to the lyrics on a different level, Scotney found the song fit his intent for the label’s debut. “Once I started looking into the actual lyrics and particularly the original music video it became clear to me the intent behind the song was about mental health and someone trying to reach out to someone struggling.” “I started to identify with the song on a new level because of my own struggle to support a family member who struggles with bipolar disorder.”
AllMusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the original CARS version, “Drive, a gorgeous ballad that matched heartfelt songwriting to an alluring electronic soundscape to create one of their biggest hits. The lyrics of Drive pack a very direct emotional punch as they depict a narrator who knows a relationship with a lovely but unstable person is bad news but when the chorus rolls around he can't help but wonder ‘Who's gonna drive you home tonight?’“
David Scotney of JANUS explains the pairing of song and philanthropy “I see this as a huge opportunity to bring light to the topic and get people talking about it. It’s a disorder that often doesn’t get diagnosed and is often mistreated. It’s already started to move the needle in terms of what I’ve hoping to accomplish with the word beginning to spread. People I share with end up sharing their own story about someone they know.”
Proceeds from the sale of the single will benefit The JED Foundation (https://www.jedfoundation.org/) - an organization that promotes mental health and suicide prevention, to spread awareness and acceptance.