HLTH Forward Podcast

Music Rx: Lucky Diaz, 2 Times Grammy Award Winner & 6 Times Emmy Nominated Artist

May 22, 2023
HLTH Forward Podcast
Music Rx: Lucky Diaz, 2 Times Grammy Award Winner & 6 Times Emmy Nominated Artist
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Show Notes

2.7 million children aged 3-17 have depression or anxiety, 40% of teens aged 12-17 have a sense of hopelessness in the US, there is a growing body of evidence that reflects on our society's staggering mental health crisis. A meta-analysis of 400 studies has proven that music can reduce depression and anxiety in a clinical setting and before surgery, for example.

In this episode, I am conversing with a two-time Grammy award winner, four times Grammy nominated and six times Emmy nominated Musician, and Producer, Luck Diaz, who focuses on curating music for kids. We discuss his journey as an immigrant who truly believes in the art of expression and embracing oneself and his inspiration to create a piece that serves as a way to connect, elevate and transform kids into a place of joy.

We slowly move to the rhythm of understanding the power of music and its therapeutic and potentially healing benefits in a healthcare setting. As we empathetically move through our discussions around the mental health crisis amongst young humans caused by social media, and lack of connectivity, we conclude that the future of health requires one to be bold, kind, and have a great sense of belief in oneself.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (also known as Lucky Díaz y La Familia Música, and The Lucky Band) is the husband and wife team of Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis. The Grammy and Emmy-award-winning duo plays bilingual indie music for kids described by The Washington Post as "a hip-shaking, head-bopping, Los Angeles-based explosion of 'kindie' rock.They are known for whimsical children's songs which they also incorporated into a television show. Diaz graduated from Berklee College of Music and Gaddis graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

About Host
Smriti Kirubanandan has a strong background in robotics and public health and is a Healthcare Executive, where she focuses on driving significant transformations within the healthcare ecosystem, concentrating on customer experience, intelligent automation, data analytics and insights, and is determined to make healthcare more accessible and affordable through innovation and empathy. She also spearheads brand development, thought leadership, and market research. 

Smriti is a selected Young Global Leader 2023 by the World Economic Forum, a member of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute, and is the Founder of HLTH Forward Podcast- an award-winning media platform that hosts healthcare leaders, policymakers, and artists to discuss the challenges in the system and what we could do collectively to move healthcare forward. 

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