Mabel's album inspired by anxiety battle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 August 2019


Mabel has revealed that her debut album 'High Expectations' was inspired by her anxiety and confidence issues

Mabel's 'High Expectations' was inspired by her mental health issues.

The 23-year-old singer/songwriter has bared her soul on her debut album and admitted she still struggled with anxiety and confidence issues when making it.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I had to examine myself and put myself back together. Growing up I'd had lots of confidence issues.

"They were crippling. Even up to the point of making the album, I still had confidence issues and problems with anxiety.

"But making the album, I came out the other side. Now I am OK with all of it. I started to believe in myself and deal with my negative thoughts. I wrote a song called 'OK (Anxiety Anthem') which is the most important track on the record as it's the one that made everything happen.

"I'd had a low day and was meant to be working with MNEK that day. I was embarrassed and felt like I'd failed so I started to write how I felt and that became the song. Now when I feel like that, I know how important it is to open up and talk."

And Mabel credits her parents, singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, with helping her with her anxiety issues and encouraging her music career.

She said: "I was a real worrier when I was little. I had big questions from a very young age and I carried the weight of the world on my shoulders. I was always catastrophising things and my parents were so helpful.

"They encouraged me to express my thoughts, so I started a journal. When I started playing piano, I connected my journals and feelings with the chords and wrote songs. But I would never perform them until I was 18."

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