Utah-Tube: Alex Boye teams up with Randy Jackson for suicide prevention song


Utah singer Alex Boyé partnered with former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson to write and produce a song on suicide prevention for National Suicide Prevention Week.

“My purpose for this video is to help save lives. Even if it can save just one, then we have done something great,” Boyé wrote on the YouTube video description.

“Bend not break” is a song pleading someone struggling with suicidal thoughts to hold onto hope. At one point in the song, the lyrics go:

“I know that this permanence is tempting
Cuz even on a good day you feel empty
But Someone’s gonna miss you when you’re gone
There’s so much more to do if you hold on!”

National Suicide Prevention Week is from September 9–15. In his video description, Boyé shared that “every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide.”

“I am so proud to have been a part of this song,” Boyé wrote on Facebook. “I have developed such a passion for this song and the healing that comes from music that truly reaches people. Its is an honor to share in his endeavor with you.”

Multiple other Utah singers and groups joined Boyé for the music video, including the One Voice Children’s Choir.

If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, you can receive help if you call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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