Depression is real and if you fully recover from it consider yourself lucky!
For long, Bulawayo has been longing for Bulawayo Has Got Talent second runner-up and DreamStar Zimbabwe finalist MJ Sings to drop a full-length album.
In as much as he would show up at gigs and be visible on social media, MJ Sings, who recently released his smash single titled Feels, was suffering from depression, a result of personal life burdens and musical expectations by fans.
At a young age of 11, MJ lost his mother, a pillar of strength.
After that, his life was never the same again.
Right into his youth, the muso would have flashbacks of his upbringing which was negatively affected by the death of his mum.
“I lost my mother when I was 11, she was everything to me, a breadwinner and a father at the same time. After her death, I was forced to be isolated from my siblings and I stayed alone at that age, taking care of myself.
“In as much as that taught me responsibility, for a fact, I know I suffered lack of mentorship as there was no one to groom me. This affected me when I grew up.
“I constantly had flashbacks of all the poverty and the deprivations that I experience, some were too harsh for my age. This got me depressed big time,” said MJ Sings.
While people will love and idolise you for your craft, some are there to see the plane crashing and burning to ashes.
MJ Sings testified to B-Metro Showbiz that negative commentaries and too much pressure from fans also got him depressed and suffering from anxiety.
“You know even if you do good, there are people who are ready to go gun blazing on you. Being considered one of the best male vocalists in Bulawayo gave me troubles.
“I had people who dissed my music and dismissed me as a copycat to same-what South African artistes. This discouraged me to produce music because I didn’t understand the kind of originality people expected.
“I got seriously depressed because I failed to grasp what I must do with my music while on the other hand my true followers were giving me so much pressure to release an album,” said MJ Sings.
Speaking out on his social media platforms and opening up to friends rescued him from depression, a mental health condition.
“I took it upon myself to speak out about my problem on social media and to the gents around me. This turned my life around because it offloaded the pressure,” said the muso.
One of the friends that helped the Afro-Pop singer through mental rehabilitation is best friend and multi-platinum selling producer Murphy Cubic.
Murphy held MJ’s hand and paved him a way to bounce back and dust off the microphone.
Together they produced MJ Sings’ upcoming Extended Play (EP).
“We have been working on this project (EP) for a whole year. It took me a while to get my grip back, but as soon as I recovered my mojo, I utilised studio time with Murphy Cubic and we worked on more songs.
“It only felt right to share Feels as the first single despite it being the last song that made it to the project,” said MJ Sings.
The soulful dance offering (Feels), was dropped accompanied by visuals shot by Drop Out Films’ Taku Dzino.
MJ Sings rose to fame in 2018 after releasing his first EP titled Soul and Mind.
Since then, he has not looked back and has become a household muso with his sultry seductive sound.
He has established himself as one of the most sought-after songwriters, with award winning compositions such as Lee McHoney SANA Album.
He is also credited for some of South African artistes’ projects such as Speedy (Ang’phelelanga, Celebration Anthem, Molo) and DJ Sue (Hamb’ Uzobuya) and many more.