RADIO.COM's special 2-hour I’m Listening broadcast returns on Wednesday, September 23, as we join forces with artists, athletes, and individuals nationwide to showcase that talk has the power to save lives.
Leading up to this year's event, we’re taking a look back at past I'm Listening discussions to share some of our favorite interviews throughout the next week.
Rapper Logic turned a hit into an anthem of hope -- 2017's "1-800-273-8255" featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid off his chart-topping Everybody album, is a message to everyone, not just their fans, that someone is always listening... someone is always there.
So, how did the idea come together? We sat down with the rapper to let him explain.
Breaking down the lyrics "I never had a home, ain't nobody callin' my phone. Where you been? Where you at? What's on your mind?" Logic explains, "nobody is saying that to this person," emphasizing the subject's longing for friendship.
"They say every life precious, but nobody care about mine" -- Remembering when people first heard these lyrics, Logic says "they were like, 'this is kind of a messed up song.' Then they hear it, and then you go to the second hook."
“I want you to be alive” – “Here are all the reasons… life is beautiful and amazing,” Logic explains. “That’s kind of the ‘Aha!’ moment where people are like, ‘oh damn.’ Then it goes to the end and it’s, ‘I finally wanna be alive’.”
“It’s the mind-state of one person in every aspect of going through the idea of suicide and taking your life. You have to be able to connect with humanity on an internal, personal level that anyone can relate to.”
More details about this year's broadcast will be revealed on September 9.
In the meantime, we'll continue to share moments from past I'm Listening shows here and at ImListening.org, with previous guests like Metallica, Halsey, Disturbed, and Shawn Mendes opening up about mental health.
We also invite you to share your story about your own journey with mental health. We will select some to be a part of this year's show.
Join us on Wednesday, September 23 for I’m Listening an evening filled with support, compassion, and community - right here and on the RADIO.COM app.