Skip to content

Mindful Vinyl Connects Music To Mental Wellness

Mindful Vinyl Connects Music To Mental WellnessSince 2016 Mindful Vinyl has been spreading awareness around mental wellness working hard to remove the stigma and create understanding. Founded by The Orchard’s very own Michael Heyliger, the initiative connects these important conversations to music. 

At The Orchard, we prioritize health, wellness, and self care, and we’re proud to work with organizations and initiatives who instill the same message. We pride ourselves on being a people-first company and encourage our employees to take part in and talk about the matters that matter most to them.

As part of the Mindful Vinyl mental health initiative, classic albums including Time’s Up by Living Colour and Live At Ken’s House by Mike Doughty were re-released on a limited edition green vinyl. A portion of all proceeds from the green vinyl album sales benefited the JED Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and works to prevent suicide among teens and young adults by strengthening mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention programming and systems. In June 2018, The Orchard was honored with the Media Award for leadership in mental health by the Foundation at their 17th annual gala event.

Here at The Orchard, we recently celebrated the release of these green vinyl albums with a day dedicated to mental health and wellness, where we heard from special guests from the JED Foundation along with Dave Bellevue from The Orchard-distributed act Oxymorrons, who talked about his own personal journey. Heyliger also gave some background on Mindful Vinyl and the various albums and artists involved.

Originally released in 1990, Living Colour’s Time’s Up features the singles “Type,” “Elvis Is Dead” and “Love Rears Its Ugly Head.” Re-issued via Megaforce Records, artists featured include Maceo Parker, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, and Queen Latifah. Openly honest and transparent about his own challenges, Mike Doughty wrote in his memoir The Book of Drugs, “There’s an emotional-pain crisis in America, and it’s incumbent on us to make medical care and talk therapy normal and accessible for people who suffer from depression and anxiety.”

Time’s Up and Live At Ken’s House are the seventh and eighth albums released under the Mindful Vinyl banner. Other titles released in the initiative include limited edition represses of Living Colour’s Stain, Fishbone’s The Reality Of My Surroundings, and the Silver Linings Playbook Soundtrack.

For ongoing information, please visit Mindful Vinyl or the JED Foundation.

If you liked that post, here's more:

Array

Music Biz Meets The Music City

The annual Music Biz convention rocked the town of Nashville just a few short weeks ago. Overall the vibe was positive as many physical retailers report increased sales, primarily due to music consumer’s appetite for vinyl releases. In response many stores ...

Array

Submit Your Music for the Independent Music Awards

Back again, the Independent Music Awards are providing members of The Orchard with a bonus Free Song entry to the program's 18th annual edition. Click HERE to enter in any Album, EP, and Producer category, and you’ll receive a coupon with your receipt to su...

Array

Marketing Music in 2018: Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit

This year The Orchard sponsored and participated in Music Ally's Sandbox Summit. The all day conference was held at London's Art House in central London on October 31st and drew music industry leaders across the global digital marketing space. We were ve...