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Anson Seabra shares his thoughts on music as empowerment & therapy

Anson Seabra’s latest EP, Feeling For My Life, was released on October 15, 2021. In an exclusive press conference via Zoom on Monday, November 15, the artist discussed some of the songs in his latest EP and his thoughts on music as a form of empowerment and therapy. 

When asked for the meaning behind the name of his new EP, Seabra said that Feeling For My Life refers to the idea that as a sensitive person, he has a lot of feelings. The songs he wrote and included in the EP detail the feelings that he has experienced.  

Seabra also shared a sample from his latest EP by performing one of the songs, “Walked Through Hell,” which was used in the popular medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy.

Anson Seabra via Matty Vogel
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He also shared the main idea that inspired the song — “when you would give someone the world, only to have them walk away.” Seabra was amazed to hear his song played on one of the episodes of the show. The artist added that it was a “humbling, mind-blowing experience” and that he was grateful for it. 

Seabra also shared the challenges he faced while working on Feeling For My Life. He said that the biggest challenge he faced was finishing the EP. The artist admitted that he had a tendency to get caught up in the little things, so there was a lot of back-and-forth going on with the producers when he wasn’t happy with the songs, so it was a challenge for him to just let things go and avoid obsessing over the minutiae of the songs. 

Aside from his latest EP, Seabra also shared a bit about his songwriting process. The artist said that he doesn’t have a particular way of going about it — sometimes he writes the lyrics first then he comes up with the melody afterwards, or it could be the other way around. But one thing he did mention was that he likes to write his songs on the piano, since it’s his main instrument. 

Seabra also played his songs “Magazine” and “Keep Your Head Up Princess” during the conference. 

For “Keep Your Head Up Princess,” Seabra shared that it was written as a song of encouragement. The song was written from the perspective of a little girl growing up. 

When asked about his decision to write the song from a little girl’s perspective, he said that it wasn’t about any particular person, rather it was like a letter to himself (“‘Princess’ part aside,” he jokingly added). It was more about the idea of writing it from the perspective of a young person. While the girl is young, she has a lot of “magic” in her eyes, which she gradually loses touch with as she grows up. Seabra believes that we still have “magic within us,” it’s just that we tend to lose touch with it because the world is so “cruel.”

Feelings are a running theme in Seabra’s music. For Seabra, he feels that music is the best form of therapy, and he can see it in the way his songs connect with his fans. The artist said that he had been struggling with mental health, and to him, music has been therapeutic. “Music is therapeutic not only to listen to, but also to make,” Seabra said. 

The artist talked about his experience connecting with his fans. He shared that a lot of his fans have reached out to him to tell him that his music has helped them through difficult times, which to Seabra was something that he wants to do with his music. He wants to be able to help people get through hard times with the music that he makes, as a way to reach out to his fans to let them know that even though the world is cruel and life can be hard, they are not alone. 

Anson Seabra

Aside from his music career, Seabra also runs an Instagram account where he shares inspirational messages for fans. “I know that the world needs a lot of healing,” Seabra said, and he considers his Instagram account as his small attempt at sharing what he has learned. 

As for his own struggles as an artist, Seabra said that the pressure to produce great songs has always been there, but he has reached a point where he is simply happy to be making music. He believes that he has achieved a lot already, so he’s more focused on having fun with making music. “It’s about loving the music, not getting the streams up,” Seabra said. 

Seabra shared that he is currently working on a project for the holiday season. He performed “Christmas Got Colder,” one of the songs that will be included in his Christmas project. The song is scheduled for release on November 16, along with two Christmas song covers. 

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