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Zachary Knowles’ new music is a personal story on overcoming his mental health battles

Zachary Knowles’ upcoming EP couldn’t be more relatable as it tells of one’s journey in overcoming mental health battles. 

The most personal EP of the 23-year-old rising indie pop singer to date, “Goalie,” is set to be released on October 14. The project was born as soon as the singer championed his mental health battles and found peace of mind and clarity. He admitted that he became his own “goalie” who held himself back from personal growth.

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“The project is basically about battle with [one’s] self. It honestly is about mental health…Goalie was basically like the full expression of how it felt to be on the other side of battling with mental [health] struggles. So, a lot of the songs dive into that. It sounds like [a] conversation with someone, but really It’s like a conversation with myself,” he shared.

Last July, Knowles released his first single of 2022 via the Fader label titled “Cigarettes.” It’s a successful opener to a new era in his music, garnering a spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists.

It was followed by “Crush” in August, an “anthemic,”  piano-led ballad track. When asked about the inspiration for the song, Knowles revealed that it tackles his relationship with his wife which started out with just a simple crush and how that feeling has remained even after a long time. “I just wanted something that was straight up happy and talked about my personal life too.That one’s just about my wife..It kind of just mimics the nature of a relationship that started as a crush. After we’ve known each other for so many years, it still feels like crush type energy,” Knowles revealed.

On September 16, the Texas-born artist finally released “Just Stay For Once” along with a self-directed aesthetic music video. The track explores feelings of self-doubt and how this inner struggle develops insecurities that can affect romantic relationships.

All these tracks, which give a glimpse of the breakthrough act’s good and bad personal experiences in life and love, are part of his EP “Goalie.”

When it comes to making songs, Knowles has an ultimate goal: to build a deep connection with the listeners. He wants them to feel that they own the song. With this in mind, he has a strong dedication to exposing the “commonalities” that bond everyone in this universe. “My whole dream at the start of this was to build relationships, whether it’s with one person or a hundred people. Personal connections to others are so important. Music is a really cool way to express yourself in a real way and talk about real-life things, rather than what others want to hear,” he said.

Unlike before, Knowles doesn’t hold back anymore in making music that he loves. Indeed, he’s now becoming a rising star with over 70 million global streams, over one million monthly listeners on Spotify, and a dedicated fan base of over 100K on social media.

If you appreciate story-telling songs, have personal struggles in life and love, or just the type to jive with pop and R&B music, Zachary Knowles is more than excited to invite you to explore and listen to his newest EP “Goalie,” coming this October. /VT


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