Queen frontman Adam Lambert shared a lengthy and emotional message with his fans via social media on Thursday prior to releasing his new single, “Feel Something.”
In the note, Lambert opened up about personal challenges he’s faced in recent years in terms of having to compromise artistic vision in clashes with record executives, and the effects it had on his mental health.
Hi. I know you’ve been waiting! Well I’m finally ready to bring new music to all of you.
I wanted to give a gift to you to kick off this new era before I drop my first official single. It’s a preview of the upcoming album – and a song from me to you.#FeelSomething pic.twitter.com/pOb5LxQVvF
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) February 21, 2019
“I’m coming out of a dark period of second guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it,” wrote Lambert. “I started asking myself, ‘Is all this hustle really worth it?’ I put all my focus on work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed.”
The American Idol alum credited his time and work with Queen rockers Brian May and Roger Taylor for recharging him “with tons of positive energy.”
“Together we have collaborated creatively on our tours and this helped me to reaffirm my confidence in my artistry,” wrote the 37-year-old singer. “Working with Queen helped keep my head above water, and I am so grateful to the spirit of Freddie Mercury, who has always inspired me to push ahead boldly.”
Citing the support of friends and family, as well as some professional help, Lambert told his fans he’s “pulled himself “out of the darkness.”
He also shares that he’s switched up not only his own management team, but changed record labels.
Turning to the new single, Lambert describes the song as “climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart.”
In "Feel Something," Lambert sings:
I don’t need to feel love, I just want to feel something
If it’s never enough, at least it’s better than nothing
After everyone I’ve lost and ever kiss I wasted
I don’t, I don’t need to feel love, just want to feel something
“Since writing this song, I’ve found the joy I was missing and I’m back in my power,” he added. “I can’t wait for you to hear more!”
Check out “Feel Something” below, and don’t miss Lambert and Queen performing this Sunday night on the 90th Academy Awards on ABC at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.