Music video by Shannon Curtis performing “I Know I Know” from her upcoming June album release, CONNECTIONS. (c) 2015 Saint Cloud Records
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words & music by Shannon Curtis
produced, recorded, & mixed by Jamie Hill
edited by Shannon Curtis
The story behind the stories you see in this video:
“I Know I Know” is the first single from my new album that will come out in June 2015. It’s a song about empathy: about listening to someone tell their darkest personal story and deeply, emotionally identifying with them in it. It’s about really seeing another person, and allowing ourselves to be really seen. It’s about finding strength in the powerful connection that comes when we share our most vulnerable selves with a trusted soul. It’s about discovering that we are not alone.
As I was contemplating what the music video for this song would be, I saw a video of a brave girl who shared her story through a series of cards held up to the camera – childhood abuse, depression, self-harm, suicide attempts, and ultimately finding help and healing. She had made the video to let others with experiences like hers know that they are not alone. It was profound, and it moved me.
So an idea woke me in the middle of the night: let’s create a platform for us to share our stories with others, to let ourselves be seen, and in doing so to give encouragement to others facing similar struggles.
The next day, I put a call out to my community – my friends and the people who listen to and support the music I make – and I asked them to do something brave with me and contribute their stories to a video project that would carry this message through our stories to everyone who would see it.
I was flooded with responses from people wanting to share where they’ve been, what they’ve overcome, or how they’re dealing with a current challenge in their lives. The first batch of breathtaking submissions I received became the music video that you see above.
But the submissions kept coming in even after the video was completed. So my husband Jamie and I decided that we would set up a living, ongoing platform for people from anywhere in the world to join our collage of experience and hope.
And so we created http://iknowiknow.me : a place for us to courageously share our stories and to let our most vulnerable selves be seen, with the hope that those who see us will understand that they are not alone.
Thank you to all of you who courageously shared your stories for this video project. And thank you to all who will join us.
“I know, I know; I’ve been there, too.”
— Shannon Curtis