Lewis Capaldi‘s hit “Before You Go” was inspired by his mother’s reaction to his aunt’s suicide. While it’s an intensely personal song, Lewis says a special bond has developed between himself and fans who’ve shared their own stories of similar experiences with him.
“People have kind of got in touch with stories about their family members who died of the same thing, and it’s very…I keep using the word special…” the Grammy-nominated singer tells ABC News.
Lewis notes that it’s very helpful for people who are going through something difficult or emotional to hear a song that perfectly captures what they’ve been feeling.
“I think sometimes with songs, it’s nice to know — and I get this as well listening to my favorite artists and stuff — when I can’t put what I’m feeling into words, it’s nice to know that there’s someone else out there who feels the same thing as you, and they’ve just written a song about it,” the Scottish singer/songwriter explains.
“For me, when people come and they tell me their stories about their uncles or aunties, or mums or dads or grandparents or…brothers, sisters who have passed away from…suicide…we have this sort of weird kinda, I guess, bond, maybe?”
“It just feels like you’re connecting on a bit of a different level ’cause it’s such a personal thing,” he admits. “So yeah, it’s been lovely.”
“Before You Go” recently became Lewis’ second top 10 hit in the U.S.
By Andrea Dresdale
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