As many areas in the world begin to emerge from the horrors visited upon it by COVID-19, Adam Lanceley has released an appropriate rallying cry to anyone struggling to overcome emotional and physical challenges…as well as those eagerly forming an orderly queue outside their local pub! Get your toes tapping to Adam’s Almost Feel Freedom Today whilst you wait!
Deliverance is Adam’s brand-new EP, a collection of six tracks which see him at a crossroads in his life, having battled from the very brink of life as a young child, through his difficult years fighting against the mental and physical injuries brought on by this experience and finally, his rebirth over the recent months, where the help of a friend has shown him the light ahead. Touching and profound, Deliverance is a triumph of the human spirit against everything life can throw at it and will give hope to anyone who finds themselves in any way lost as the world begin to rebuild.
Intended to be his final album, last year’s album ‘The Rainbow’s Legacy’ was Adam Lanceley’s goodbye to music, his salvation through many years’ struggle through physical and mental health issues. Suffering with anxiety, depression and PTSD, he has found the aftermath incredibly difficult but his life has been turned around by the kindness of a friend, kindness which he has tried to repay with a brand-new collection of songs which he has entitled Deliverance.
My last album was ‘The Rainbow’s Legacy’ and I was sure would be the last one I did. The name refers to the pot of gold you’ll find at the end of a rainbow. I was struggling with a lot of mental health issues including PTSD, which I’d probably been trying to cope with for years without realising I had it. I’d been enjoying spending time with a girl I’d been getting close to but in what I thought was a cruel twist of fate, the day the album came out, I was made to believe was the day she’d leave my life.
This EP is Adam’s fight back against one of the toughest periods of his life. Dedicated to the faith and feeling of safety knowing her had given back to him after a very long time, what Adam describes, “a very rare and special kind of friendship”. Deliverance is Adam’s most touching collection of songs which sees him reach a milestone of one hundred recorded songs released to the public and celebrates the cathartic power of music and the importance of true friendship.
Last summer, Adam felt his world was being torn apart. Fearing, as Adam put it, “the kind of friend who doesn’t come along too often” was leaving his life, ‘Deliverance’ is a reference to how things have totally changed, as if, in Adam’s words, “the storms of the past are over and I’ve arrived at a calm shore”. The Deliverance EP sees Adam releasing six new tracks, four of which are dedicated to his friend and the change she has brought about in a life Adam felt was going nowhere.
“The first song on the album probably means the most to me. Everything happened so quickly at the end of last summer and I wrote it in desperation at the thought of losing her. I read it to her but when I thought I’d never be able to record it and give it to her, I couldn’t face doing it. It was in the winter when I realised I would be able to, that I recorded it. I recorded three more tunes that I’d written about how she’d come into my life after this”
“Might Just’ve Saved Me was the second song that I recorded and is dedicated to the feeling of comfort my friend had given me. We were having a drink together and I told her I’d recorded Handle Me with Care about our friendship. She said how lovely it was but I said “Y’know, I really can’t face doing another album, but I could an EP of songs that were inspired by how good you’ve made me feel in the last year or two”. I knew that I’d already released 94 songs and was a little bit annoyed that I wouldn’t be inspired to reach 100. But this was the inspiration I needed to write Might Just’ve Saved Me”.
Adam Lanceley was only ten years old when a car accident left him seriously injured. Sustaining a severe brain injury, a crushed pelvis and shattered legs, doctors advised him he was unlikely to walk or talk again. Against all odds, Adam not only proved them wrong but has taken his remarkable recovery to the extreme, running marathons and carving out a career as a singer-songwriter. However, though he has largely recovered from his physical injuries, he continues to live each day with the spectre of serious mental health issues which have grown over the last seven years, with constant battles with depression, anxiety and PTSD, all of which combine to create a torturous existence, essentially trapped with himself.
“All my life, even well before I dreamed that singing, writing and recording my own music could become a reality, I’ve listened to songs for pleasure but often thought ‘man, that bit of that song would sound so cool in this song. I reckon they’ve missed a trick there!’ When I record and produce my own music, I try to incorporate aspects of different genres that I like and think might work together. Perhaps it’s because I have no formal training in music, that gives me the licence to experiment and not follow specific guidelines and structures”.
1) Handle Me with Care
2) All the Girls
3) Might Just’ve Saved Me
4) Back to You
5) A Better Sun
6) Almost Feel Freedom Today