Lizzo aims to use her songs to uplift herself and others: ‘Music is therapy’

Plus, Lizzo opens up on how 'About Damn Time' immediately lifts her mood

There’s music that fits every mood. Sometimes, you just need a song that’ll make you get up and dance and forget all about your stress. Lizzo is happy to provide the soundtrack for those moments.

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Lizzo spoke with Audacy’s Julia about her new single “About Damn Time” and explained why it was necessary for her to write it and share it with the world. From Lizzo’s perspective, humanity was “not just down and out about ourselves, but about life.”

“I think life has thrown some major traumas and hard experiences at us, especially globally these past few years,” she added. “I wanted to write a song that allowed us to celebrate how far we’ve come and I think ‘About Damn Time’ does just that. It does it for me honey, cause I need it!”

Oddly enough, Lizzo said she pretty much had her album done already when she wrote “About Damn Time.” “This was kind of a hail mary song because I didn’t really have anything on my album yet that felt like ‘Good As Hell’ to me where when I’m on stage and I’m having a bad day, I sing ‘Good As Hell’ and I immediately feel better,” she said.

“I wanted to write a song like that and that’s what ‘About Damn Time’ really is.”

Lizzo added that she’s been writing songs and poetry ever since she was a child. “Music is therapy for me,” she said.

“Writing was a form of escapism when I was a kid. I feel like I still do that now, except my escapism makes platinum records and makes me money,” she adds with a laugh, “I still use it for its purest form for myself, which is escapism, entertainment, and therapy.”

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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