Alternative folk band Judah & the Lion have released a new track just in time for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. “Help Me To Feel Again” encourages listeners to do work through the difficulty of feeling and living with their emotions, something lead vocalist and songwriter Judah Akers experienced personally throughout 2020.
“Last year was the first year in seven years we haven’t toured. For the three of us, we found a lot of health, rest and growth from it even though it was also incredibly hard,” said Akers. “For me, I had a tragic family thing happen, which is par for the course for the last few years, but I didn’t have a stage ro a crowd to distract myself with the emotions of it.
“Having to face the reality and deal with the emotions was something I was bad at. This song is about learning to cry and not hold everything in.”
The new track coincides with rising discussions of mental health, which is a topic Judah & the Lion has often spoken about through their music. The 2019 album Pep Talks discusses band members’ feelings and experiences with the difficulties of life, including death, divorce, alcoholism and despair, before landing on a positive note about the hope available to humanity.
Mental health conversations have been at the forefront of society’s mind within the last year as humanity has struggled throughout the pandemic with mental, physical and spiritual battles. According to John Hopkins Medicine, one in four adults struggle with mental health disorders.
Music has often been utilized as a powerful tool to push people through a difficult struggle. People turn to music to help express their feelings or to be encouraged by words of hope. Judah & the Lion’s new song will give listeners a breath of fresh air as the world begins to take steps out of a dark season.