Los Angeles, CA – August 24, 2021 — Kati Morton, Licensed Therapist and famed media personality is happy to announce today that she has teamed up with Republic Records for a new video series titled, “Mental Health & Music: Healing Through Song.” Kati has garnered a viral following and is well known for her YouTube channel which touts over 1 million subscribers, and has obtained 80+ million views over the course of the last 2 years.
We all have ways we try to cope with what’s going on in our lives and how to process it… For many musicians they work their feelings out in the studio by making music, which is such a healthy outlet… I wanted to sit down with some artists and learn how music has helped them overcome, process and heal.” Says Morton. “The goal is to share their insights (as well as their music) with the world, in hopes that it can help others who might be struggling with the same issues and remind people – they are not alone!”
The new video series will tackle different mental health issues with a variety of well-known music artists coupled with a one-on-one conversation with Kati Morton. The first episode of the video series features singer/songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun, where they chat about the trauma Joy experienced growing up as a minority and her struggles with self-injury. Joy also recounts her upbringing in the church and how difficult it was for her to come out.
“With Kati’s guidance, we are able to provide another outlet for our artists to speak about extremely important mental health topics that are impacting their lives. We’re thankful to our artists for being vulnerable and sharing their personal life experiences in hopes of showing others that they are not alone and support is available.” Says Eli Chitayat, Vice President of Visual Content, Republic Records
Mental Health & Music: Healing Through Song episodes will be released monthly and also features Republic Records Artists; Ayzha Nyree, Gild Walton and Shaylen. The release schedule and description of each episode is below:
Episode 2 (September): Shaylen, an emerging pop singer/songwriter shares her struggles with addiction and opens up to Kati Morton about the constant urges she battles and the tools she enacts to keep herself sober.
Episode 3 (October): Ayzha Nyree, popular hip-hop/R&B artist and songwriter gets vulnerable about placing boundaries with her family without harming the relationships she values the most. Ayzha talks to Kati about the tools, tips and ways she has been able to ask for what she needs in a thoughtful and caring way.
Episode 4 (November): Gild Walton, songwriter, pianist, composer and vocalist opens up about her experience as an ex-sex worker. Gild discusses how she got pushed into it as a vulnerable student and the trauma she sustained. Gild also talks to Kati about how her mom ended up being the saving grace when she needed it the most.
Kati’s passion is to increase awareness about mental health and hopes the new video series will help viewers feel less alone during their struggles. Kati’s online community has expanded to all major internet platforms, allowing her to answer mental health questions from her followers around the world. She hopes by doing this, the global community can push for better services worldwide and remove the stigma associated with getting help.
About Kati Morton:
Kati Morton, LMFT holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed marriage and Family therapist. She runs a private practice in Santa Monica,CA and over the past ten years has leveraged social media to share mental health information worldwide through her videos. Kati is well known for her YouTube channel which touts over 1 million subscribers and has garnered over 80 million views. In addition to her channel and strong presence on social media, she has appeared on CBS The Doctors, KTLA’s morning news, Fox 11 Good Day LA morning show, and was showcased in Europe’s highest circulated magazine, Glamour UK. She was also a 2019 Shorty Award finalist as well as a 2019 & 2020 Streamy nominee. Kati’s first book, Are u ok? A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health was released in December 2018. Kati will be releasing her highly anticipated second book, TRAUMATIZED: Identify, Understand, and Cope with PTSD and Emotional Stress in September, 2021. For more information, go to www.KatiMorton.com
About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.