Born in the creative city of Brighton to biracial parents, “Rootsy Soul” artist Iyamah struggled with her identity growing up, but music has always offered her a safe space and an outlet for these feelings. She’s passionate about connecting people through her songs, using her platform to support people who feel similar:
“Music helps us to recognise and understand how we feel. Certain chords and different keys bring out different feelings within each of us which is so powerful. It also has the ability to do that to millions of people at the same time, bringing unity and a sense of community.
“Personally, I feel like it’s much easier to say how you’re feeling with a song, than it is in passing conversation. I think the best artists are reflective of current times and put into words what we’re all experiencing.”
Music’s a great way to get people talking about mental wellbeing, but it can also help us look after our heads, giving us space to process tricky emotions and connecting us to a wider community. You can read more about what ambassadors like Arlo Parks, Idles and Glass Animals have to say on music and mental health here.
Or if you need support, check out CALM Guides, where you can find lots of advice on stuff you might be going through.
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