From Fort Lauderdale, Florida, singer-songwriter, and recording artist Cristal B. releases an emotional yet empowering debut single entitled "My Therapist."
Spending her childhood in choirs led Cristal B. to perform in musicals and eventually learn her way around acoustic guitar, inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift and her emotional songwriting. Getting back into music during the pandemic as a needed outlet for her accumulating stress and anxiety, Cristal B. also began posting on Instagram and Tiktok, which helped find a community of music lovers who seek positive support and encouragement.
Now releasing her emotional debut single, "My Therapist," Cristal B. takes listeners through a powerful anthem surrounding mental health, negative self-talk, and insecurities. With a dark and cinematic sonic feel, Cristal B. makes it difficult to ignore such an engaging and stimulating experience, especially one as relatable as "My Therapist."
Listening to "My Therapist," the venture begins with a chilling downtempo piano melody and Cristal B.'s angelic vocal stylings that touch on her trials and tribulations and wondering how to climb her way out of a meltdown. As the instrumentation begins to expand with a wavy background synth and tight drum breaks, the entire atmosphere begins to develop into this deeply cinematic and haunting listening experience.
As Cristal B. reaches the bridge, she opens up about finding the help she needs and anticipating the pain that comes with healing. She later touches on how she would do almost anything to recover from the pain and attempt to live a (mentally) healthier life. As Cristal B. makes her way around the hook one last time, the song closes on a deeply reflective note while encouraging listeners to analyze how they can create a better experience for themselves on this plane of existence.
Introduce yourself to the captivating stylings of Cristal B. and her debut single, "My Therapist," now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Cristal B., and congratulations on the release of your emotional debut single, "My Therapist." Why did you want this song to be your debut single? How does this piece effectively introduce us to your sound and style?
Thank you! I knew “My Therapist” had to be my debut single because it feels really true to who I am as a person. Mental health is rarely talked about in music, so being able to create a song about what it’s like to struggle with insecurities and anxiety has been therapeutic for me. Lyrically, it’s raw and personal. I feel really exposed sharing this song. Sonically, it lives in a very cinematic or even theatrical space. I’m a big fan of orchestral pop styles and my music tends to have some darker undertones both lyrically and melodically. “My Therapist” is a great example of that style and I think it’s a good setup for what’s to come with my music.
What inspired your emotional yet reflective lyrical content within the single, "My Therapist?”
The lyrics of this song were inspired by the concept of having a conversation with your therapist, which was brought to one of our sessions by my co-writer, Lauren Minear. The idea really resonated with me and within 5 minutes, I had written the first half of “My Therapist.” We both loved it and took it from there. I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a child. Therapy really changed my life as an adult, but it certainly doesn’t mean I’m “cured” or that I’ve stopped having negative thoughts or panic attacks. “My Therapist” showcases a lot of that and how hard it is to do the work to get better when you have deep-rooted insecurities and anxieties.
How did you want to make the listener feel after experiencing your honest and genuine lyricism in "My Therapist?” What thoughts or emotions did you want to evoke in your audience?
My hope is that anyone who relates to this song feels understood and like they’re not alone in their struggles. I want them to feel comforted by the fact that they’re not the only ones that feel the way they do and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know that “My Therapist” is dark, but I find myself feeling empowered by it to keep trying to heal. I hope that’s how everyone else will feel.
Why did you choose to create this dark and cinematic instrumental atmosphere for "My Therapist?” How does this particular vibe enhance your lyrical theme?
When we were initially writing the song, we started off with just the lyrics and a chord progression on the piano. The more I played it, the more all of the other musical elements started to come together in my head. The lyrical theme really calls for drama. I’ve always been a huge fan of songs like “Skyfall” by Adele, and that’s exactly what I was going for sonically with “My Therapist.” I wanted it to have some mystery and intrigue like it could be part of a James Bond movie. I worked out the production and brought it to Bryan Encalada, my mixing and mastering engineer, and he helped me to elevate the song to what it is today. Big, cinematic, and emotionally charged.