From her home in New York, the YouTube singing sensation and Billboard Mainstream vocalist MADISON BEER performed “Stained Glass” on an Instagram Live session on Friday 20th March.
The lock-down session had over 350,000 viewers, and then again, last week, she performed for a Billboard Live At Home concert to help raise funds for Direct Relief. Following these live streamed presentations of “Stained Glass” her fans flocked to Epic Records’ Instagram to post an unprecedented amount of comments demanding the song be released. Bowing to pressure, she has now released the number.
“I wrote Stained Glass at a time where I was really struggling mentally,” said Madison. “This song was my message, not only to the public, but to those around me, to be more gentle on people and not judge them so hard, because you never know what someone’s been through.”
“People sometimes assume that I’m OK, when I’m not; people don’t really see the parts of me that are the ugly, sad or depressed, they only see the sides they want to see, or the sides I feel comfortable to show because of the scrutiny that I’ve been under in my life.” She continued, “The stones lyric in the chorus refer to the traditional metaphor for people’s words and the lyric saying ‘I just might break’ is where I have finally shown my vulnerability in its absolute form.”
The song (video shared below) comes across as plainspoken yet modest. She articulates the voices that are so often heard inside our own heads with astonishing clarity: “I’m countin’ the minutes that I’ve got left […] And lately, I’m countin’ the words that I haven’t said…”
Once, there were only a private few who suffered from intramural anxiety… Now there are plenty of us and the challenges are universal and too monumental to grasp…
This is as coherent as you could possibly wish for, with raw sensitivity at every benchmark, and sparkling leitmotifs to offer comfort & consolation at a time of global despair.