Emeli Sandé wants to “heal people through music” after the pandemic.
The 35-year-old singer – whose latest album ‘Let’s Say For Instance’ was released on May 6 – admitted she had been thinking about her friends working as doctors during the global health crisis and wanted to do what she could to help.
Appearing on ‘The Rebecca Judd Show’ on Apple Music 1, she said, “I really want to give people freedom with music and certainly during lockdown because I was studying medicine.
“I have a lot of friends who are now doctors and obviously we talk so much about the NHS, the frontline workers.
“I was like, ‘Whoa, what good is that to me? Music is a wonderful thing to entertain and it’s… I’m privileged and I love making music. It’s great for me, but what am I really giving to people, and how can I heal through music?’
“So that was something that was always on my mind. Through music, how can I connect and heal and give something beyond entertainment?”
Emeli revealed that her goal was to give people “a bit of freedom” while listening to the record and to take them on a journey.
She added, “I just want to give people headspace from the beginning of the album to the end, just a bit of freedom and a place where they can feel encouraged, inspired and also have a little fun.”
Meanwhile, the album’s title came from a desire “to inspire thought and be in control of your destiny”.
She explained: “I think a lot of people get stuck in depression or low vibes because they just don’t think a better or brighter future is possible.
“So I was like, ‘Okay, let’s say for example it is.’ Forget all the things that will… logically it won’t happen, it’s… Let’s say for example you deserve a good life Let’s say for example you deserve love in your life.
“The future is going to be amazing. Let’s just say for example, he can just put that little bit of hope in somebody’s head and then we move on.”