Acclaimed songwriter and performer Kirsten Adamson has today (6 November) launched an uplifting new single and video  'Let Me Live', to raise mental health awareness and funds for Support in Mind Scotland. (Join at 8:30pm this evening for a live launch on her facebook)

As the daughter of the late Big Country and The Skids legend Stuart Adamson, Dunfermline-born Kirsten has musical talent in her DNA and over the past decade she has carved out a successful career of her own, first with the band The Gillyflowers and now as a solo artist, releasing her eponymously named debut album in 2015 and touring the UK the following year.

Like all artists Kirsten saw her plans for 2020 disrupted by the pandemic, but has adapted brilliantly, first playing live online lockdown sessions to audiences from Berlin to Brazil from her garden summerhouse in Edinburgh, and now using her time and lockdown experience to produce this fantastic new single and video.

In April, missing her mother one evening and thinking of lost loved ones, Kirsten wrote Let Me Live while the burn of lockdown was being felt all over the world. The end result is a heartfelt rush of emotion and honesty and a story of unbearable severance.

"In a flood of tears, the song came tumbling out, and with grave circumstances in hospitals and care homes coming to light I couldn’t control my emotions," she says.

'Let Me Live' has a driving, country rhythm, with beautifully layered bird-song harmonies in the chorus alleviate the lyrical pain and sadness of the verses, leaving the listener with a clearer sense of hope and inescapable optimism. The tale goes on to describe our heroes and how they used to exist only in comic books and fairytales and how they now live on the streets where we live, particularly key workers.

Kirsten has released the single on the download platform Bandcamp and also launched a JustGiving page to raise further funds for Support in Mind Scotland. which has been an international collaborative effort.

Kirsten explained: "I have worked much of the year on the release of 'Let Me Live'. Firstly the recording of the track being completed remotely between myself in Edinburgh, a drummer based in New York and a bass player and pedal steel guitarist both in London.

"I wanted to make a really great visual video to go along with the sentiment of the track and I came up with the idea of it being set on my push bike. During the initial UK lockdown my one daily piece of exercise was a bike ride along the cycle paths in Edinburgh and just getting outside for that hour of freedom each day really meant a lot to me. It not only improved my physical health but more importantly guided my mind away from negativity. 

"As the release of 'Let Me Live' grew closer and the country started to go into tiered lockdowns I began to fear once more for people's mental health. I wanted to help in the most direct way I could and Support In Mind Scotland really stood out as a charity who supports those who are most urgently in need.

"So many people I know have suffered with poor mental health this year, some who have had no history of mental illness in the past and for those who already had existing problems this year has been devastating. I want to raise awareness of how important good mental health is to our wellbeing and to get help to those who need it most."

Support in Mind Scotland are very grateful to Kirsten for her support, and we would like to extend our thanks in advance to anyone who donates to her fundraising page or buys Let Me Live.

Fundraising and Communications Manager Colin Leslie said: "We are thrilled that such a talented singer as Kirsten has chosen to raise mental health awareness and funds for Support in Mind Scotland in this creative way. This year has been tough on everyone, including the people we support, so it's wonderful to have this ray of positivity shone on the charity and its work."