An Awakening of PTSD Threatens to put Adam Lanceley’s Music Career on Hold

Artist: Adam Lanceley

Title: The Rainbow’s

Release: Album (Released 26th August 2019)

Lead Track: It’s Justifiable; A Hotel Where…; Nights on the Dancefloor

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Adam Lanceley was only ten years old when a car accident left him seriously injured. Sustaining a severe brain injury, a crushed pelvis and shattered legs, doctors advised him he was unlikely to walk or talk again. Against all odds, Adam not only proved them wrong but has taken his remarkable recovery to the extreme, running marathons and carving out a career as a singer-songwriter. However, though he has largely recovered from his physical injuries, he continues to live each day with the spectre of serious mental health issues which have grown over the last seven years, with constant battles with depression, anxiety and PTSD, all of which combine to create a torturous existence, essentially trapped with himself. This album is Adam’s fight back against one of the toughest periods of his life.

Adam’s forthcoming album, The Rainbow’s Legacy, is, remarkably, his eighth album to date, a testament to both his prolific song-writing ability as well as his sheer determination to make the most of every day. Sadly, Adam also feels it will be his last – his battles with mental health have reached a stage where he feels he must fight his demons head-on. With his distinctive 1960’s Californian sound and Beach Boys-esque melodies, this album features many ‘lost tracks’, recorded at the beginning of Adam’s career, their simplicity starkly contrasting to his increasingly cryptic lyrics and complex arrangements of his later work.

His ever-evolving mental health issues make every-day life a nightmarish world where major anxiety issues, depression and OCD make every decision a Herculean effort. Working with one of the country’s leading mental health experts to find a suitable medical answer, it is through music that he has found an outlet to express his feelings, a way to share his thoughts and a reason to face each day with a sense of purpose.

Adam himself

affects me on a daily basis in more ways than I can mention, from struggling to
make myself get up and face the day – even being disappointed to wake up and
face reality in the morning – to the inability to hold my concentration or make
decisions, it is a constant battle. On a daily basis I suffer from numerous
panic attacks. They not only take away my ability to be rational and composed
but also are mentally exhausting.

I always try
to be positive though. My music is a major outlet and who knows, without mental
problems I might not have felt like writing stuff down and composing

“For now, I need to sort out what
music has helped me hide away from in the past. Rather than continuing and
forcing myself to continue music, wouldn’t it be less stressful and more
important to sort out these issues that I have been hiding with music?”

Left questioning whether music is the answer to his problems, Adam’s bravery and honesty have inspired countless people who have encountered him and it is to be hoped he is able to continue to tell his story.