This is Smyth's first release in 16 years
You may remember Patty Smyth from her band Scandal and their 1984 number-one hit “The Warrior.” She continued to write and perform through the ’90s (with hits like “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” and “No Mistakes”), but hasn’t released any new material in 16 years.
That’s changing with the release of Smyth‘s new Christmas album, Come On December. The eight-track release includes a mix of Christmas standards and originals, and we’re thrilled to premiere the first video from the album, “Broken,” just in time for Veteran’s Day.
The holiday has a special resonance for Smyth: On Oct. 23, she launched a PledgeMusic campaign that’s slated to run through Nov. 19. One hundred percent of the money from this campaign will benefit Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization that provides cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to post-911, and Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.
“I partnered with Headstrong because they give free and fast mental health support to our veterans who are most at risk,” Smyth tells PEOPLE. “There is no red tape and they get help within a day or two, instead of weeks.”
“We shot the video for ‘Broken’ where both my parents grew up. There was a always a strong sense of serving our country in the neighborhood – my father and all my uncles served and most of them enlisted.”
“I remembered the VFW post from when I was a child and asked if I could shoot the ‘Broken’ video there. It was beautiful, moving and felt so right to be back there. It was an unbelievable honor.”
The video for “Broken” was directed by David Doobinin. Smyth, who is currently in the studio working on material for a 2016 album, will release Come On December digitally on Friday, Nov. 20.