Halifax, NS-based folk and dance-pop artist, Jont is back with a brand new single, “Thank You For My Happiness”. The track follows this spring’s latest single, “I Think It Could Be Possible” and accompanying video that included sing-along submissions from around the world.
That said: Despite “Thank You For My Happiness” being one of the catchiest, most infectious, and jubilant tunes Jont credits to his repertoire, its genesis stems from feeling decidedly the opposite.
“It’s inspired by opening my heart to my lover about something I thought they would reject me for,” he shares. “Instead, I found acceptance and empathy.
I first came up with the mantra at the end of a hedonistic couple of nights at a festival in Nova Scotia,” he continues. “It was time to go home, and my energy was depleted. Even though I had nothing to be unhappy about, I was feeling low. I sat in the corner of someone’s camping area and started chanting the phrase ‘thank you for my happiness’ over and over, imagining this golden light inside me.
I started feeling better.”
The full song came later, he expands, and starts from a point of Jont’s experience within a crisis and depression.
“When there is this thing at the heart of your being you feel ashamed of, and you think will stop you from ever receiving real love… And you finally build up the courage to own it and honestly declare this hopelessness to your friend or lover… And they don’t run away or reject you because of it — because of what you think is your weakness — but rather support you and say ‘we’ll get through this together’…
A huge weight is released.
The song represents the sound and feeling of that weight of shame and hopelessness lifting. It’s the vision of fearing a life without love being wiped away in an instant, all through solidarity, empathy, and love itself.”
“Thank You For My Happiness” is the second single off Jont’s forthcoming — and eleventh — album, Thank You For The Medicine.
Check out the video for “Thank You For My Happiness” below, and stay up to date with Jont via his socials.
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