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11 Reasons Why We’re Thankful to Be Artists

Often overlooked by turkey, stuffing and football, taking a moment to reflect on why we’re thankful is the truest way of celebrating this holiday called Thanksgiving. Here at TuneCore, we’re thankful everyday to be able to work with talented artists who are pursuing their passions.

We asked some musicians from the TuneCore Community what makes them thankful to be artists…

“As an artist, my gratitude begins with music itself.  I’m thankful for being able to live and breathe it every day.  It’s the one thing in my life I can always depend on.  Through ups and downs, smiles and frowns, music is there for me at any moment – with family and friends, as a career and a hobby all at once.  Music is the most precious gift to create, to give, and to receive.” – Laura Dickinson

“Growing up music had a large impact on our lives, so to be able to make music for the misfits like us is an honor. We are thankful, TuneCore gave us the chance to be heard!” – Social Club (Marty & FERN)

“I’m thankful to be an artist because every once in a while, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a message from someone saying that something you wrote made them feel less alone in whatever they’re going through. Music has done that for me and the chance to even try doing that for someone else is the best gift in the world.” – Lindsay Bruce

“I’m thankful to be an artist because otherwise it’s called “untreated mental illness” and that doesn’t sound nearly as fun.”
– Billy Yost, The Kickback

“I am thankful to be a musician because music sets people free and heals them.  Music understands you, it gets you.  It makes people laugh and dance and be happy. Music is powerful and it can unite the world.”
– Sheera

“I am thankful to be an artist because I get to express the way I feel outwardly. I love that through my art I am able to provide moments of empathy in the world.  The very best part of being an artist is feeling pride in something I have created and leaving my thumbprint on history.”
Sonia Leigh

“We are thankful to be artists because we are able to use our strengths and passions to create something meaningful. We are thankful for the support we have received this year and for the opportunity to share more music with you all in the near future!”  – Paperwhite

“I am thankful to be a musician because through my music, I am able to inspire fans and develop a deeper connection with them. It’s always comforting to know that although we are all different, we share similar experiences and just knowing I can inspire them in a positive way makes me beyond thankful.” – Devyn Rose

“As Picasso shared, ‘the purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls.’  Performing or listening, music is a place to escape to. A place to replenish and re-center our lives. I’m thankful to be a part of it.”
– Gene Johnson, Diamond Rio

“I’m thankful to be a musician because I would be doing this with the same passion if I could only do this as a hobby. I feel like I have won the lottery every time I pick up a guitar and realize, I DO THIS for a living…what a life!!!” – Jimmy Olander, Diamond Rio

“I’m thankful to be a musician because I can get away with wearing such incredibly bad clothes and paying for a haircut never.”
– Mat Devine, Wrongchilde