‘SMILE, when they try to break you down,’ the upcoming single this World Mental Health Day from Manchester based artist, Lily-Jo.
“I wrote the song SMILE with Saint Louis who I toured with back in 2016/17 when we were both members of popular EDM band LZ7. The song is an anthem of encouragement for anyone who is being bullied, or who has been through bullying. Bullying is totally unacceptable and is the cause of many mental health issues. When we go into schools we make sure young people know how important it is to build each other up, rather than tear each other down. It’s important that we not only look after our own mental health, but also the mental health of each other by speaking words of life.”
SMILE will be available across all digital platforms on Friday 11th October 2019.
Lily-Jo is a pop singer songwriter from Manchester, UK. She comes from a family of musicians and grew up singing in church. In summer 2015 Lily-Jo released her debut EP 'Need to Know', after signing a record deal with indie label LIGHT Music, home of popular charting band LZ7. After opening shows for LZ7, Lily-Jo became their female lead vocalist, embarking on a two and a half year journey of invaluable experience touring and performing in arenas and venues all across the UK and Europe, as well as shows in Belarus and at Planet shakers conference in Australia.
Throughout the spring of 2017 Lily-Jo completed her first solo UK tour as the support act for pop artist and UK X Factor winner Ben Haenow. The tour was sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, playing to crowds of between 200-700 people per night.
Not only is Lily-Jo a musician she is also a qualified Counsellor and has a passion to see people living their lives to the full whilst embracing their true potential. In early 2016 Lily-Jo launched an online self help resource called The Lily-Jo Project. The web resource features information, interviews, videos, practical tools, on the most common mental health issues including; Low mood, anxiety, self harm, eating disorders, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, grief and loss. The resource has been nominated and shortlisted for several awards, and last year won a Premier digital award for ‘best use of digital media in youth work’. Lily-Jo promotes her web resource at her live shows, to date the site has had just over 17,000 hits. Lily-Jo is passionate about going into schools and meeting with young people face to face. She offers workshops on emotional wellbeing and self esteem. LJ has seen girls handing in their (self harm) blades after lessons and moving into a place of healing. Lily-Jo’s work around mental health has opened doors for her to speak out and be featured in local and national press including; BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Breakfast, Radio City Talk, Liverpool to mention a few. Her music has also been play listed on local and national radio stations throughout the UK and Europe. Lily-Jo is passionate about meeting people where they are at, whether that is within schools, clubs, festivals, and churches. Her mission is to inspire and ignite freedom through her music and her online resource, The Lily-Jo Project. New to the resource is her weekly podcast Eavesdrop. Eavesdrop into conversations she has with her friends for wisdom, personal development, spirituality, life hacks and more.
Lily-Jo's latest release, SWAY feat Dawn Elektra produced and written with Tim Gosden is getting some serious airplay. Make sure you check it out on your favourite digital platform. You can also see the lyric video on the media page.
If you want to support Lily-Jo in her mission to inspire and ignite freedom within adults and young people, you can give here through Stewardship
Catch her at one of her live dates this year.