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In September 2017, I had finished touring my last EP and I made the decision to take a break from music. If I'm honest I was ready to quit and stay as far away from the industry as possible. I felt so drained and lost, I felt like I had no control over my personal life or my career. I didn't know how long I wanted to avoid music, but I didn't want to just sit at home doing nothing. I was out with my friends on Carnaby street, walked into a restaurant, and became friends with the manager who gave me a waitressing job two days later. I was so excited to work in hospitality, and I stayed there for the next 6 months. It felt so nice to do something new.

Focusing on something else gave me time to clear my head, and when I felt ready I approached my managers and told them I would like to work with my favourite co-writer and producer, Eg White, who has worked with some of my favorite artists, like Adele and Sam Smith. I have been writing with Eg for the past few years, and have always respected how free and creative he was when writing. He was actually the first person in the industry that I opened up to about my problems, and he filled me with confidence when he told me it was okay to take time for myself.

The main reason I wanted to work with Eg is that we had an unfinished song from two years before that I couldn't stop coming back to. I wanted to put it out into the world because I felt so connected to it. We called it “Colour (Amen).” I had such an amazing time finishing it, just having fun and writing with no pressure at all. It reminded me of how I felt when I first started making covers on YouTube, when everything was so relaxed like it should be. After a few more days of writing with Eg, I quit my waitressing job and decided to start working on this EP. The other four songs on the EP all gave me the same feeling. It was just me and Eg running around in circles, adding and taking away from the productions, pouring over lyrics and taking constant cigarette breaks. We didn't stop until the tracks felt right, and it was always in the last minute of the day that we realised what we needed in order to finish the songs. This EP means so much to me, it made me feel connected to music again, and it's the first piece of art that I have been in complete control of.

Music is so important to me, and I am just grateful that I have had the opportunity to create this with Eg. He helped me remember why I grew to love music in the first place. I think one of the main messages in this EP is about waking up. In “Colour (Amen),” I talk about being stuck in a very bad place, and when you finally get to open your eyes and feel a change, it's like seeing colour for the first time. I think that’s what this EP really means to me: no matter what I have gone through in the past, and all the ups and downs that I will continue to go through in the future, it’s all worth it when you get that feeling of satisfaction after pushing through the shit bits and start to see everything in colour again.

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