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Paris Jackson turns her pain into her first solo album

Jackson revealed his self-mutilations and suicide attempts, and said that music was a way to channel his pain.


It started in his room with just a guitar, but Paris Jackson turned the pain of a recent separation into her first solo album.

Jackson, 22, has been a music lover all her life and ventured to make her own musicBut she had doubted calling herself a singer-songwriter until now.

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It’s one of the most wonderful feelings I’ve ever had, ” Jackson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview this week.

He describes his ethereal acoustic sound as alternative folk, very different from his father, Michael Jackson. Being the daughter of the King of Pop adds a layer of scrutiny to the vulnerability required to release personal songs into the world.

I’m excited, I’m nervous, but I feel confident that the people who are supposed to listen to this album will. You will get to them. And as for criticism and stuff, I think they won’t really know how to criticize it, ” he said.

At the beginning of the year, Jackson was part of the acoustic duo The Soundflowers with his boyfriend Gabriel Glenn, until they both broke up. He described caring for his broken heart as a literal ‘pain in the chest’, but turned that pain into art. ‘You were my everything / And now I fall to the ground’, he sings in English on his new single ‘Let Down’, released on Friday.

The time in his room resulted in 11 songs for the concept album ‘Wilted’, which will be released under Republic Records on November 13. All stages of mourning are represented in his lyrics: anger, denial, negotiation and acceptance. But the last song, the upbeat “Another Spring,” reveals a strong woman who allows her “wounds to show.”

Jackson cites many musical influences, including singer-songwriters Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne and Conor Oberst. Her eyes light up as she says she is a “huge fan” of the indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. When she heard that her guitarist, singer and songwriter Andy Hull would be producing his first album, she was ecstatic. He flew to Atlanta to work with him and says the band supported his sound.

They were all very warm and friendly and held this project very sacred. They understood my bond with him and understood that he was my baby. They didn’t want to do anything that didn’t sound authentically mine and they just took it to the next level, ” Jackson said.

As is well known, Michael Jackson tried to keep his three young children out of the public eye. After her death in 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, Paris and her two brothers _ Prince, 23, and Bigi, 18 (as they call themselves) went to live with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson. Paris left home at 18 and was modeling and acting, but always played music.

In June, she and Glenn had a documentary series on Facebook Watch called ‘Unfiltered’, which provided access to her private life and the duo’s little acoustic tour. In his testimonies, Jackson revealed his self-mutilations and suicide attempts, and said that music was a way to channel his pain.

The accompanying music video for ‘Let Down’ nods to his former love of horror and gory cinema. In the clip, the lover of the character he plays literally rips out his heart. A recurring scene takes place in the darkness of the forest, something reminiscent of his father’s famous video ‘Thriller’. Asked what he would think of his music, Jackson objects.

I don’t know, I’m not him, I can’t speak for him. But I would hope that he is happy, and I think he would be excited because I am happy, ” he said.

The pandemic has put most musical performances on the sidelines and Jackson says he misses seeing his favorite bands live and that he would like to give some concerts soon, if the measures against COVID-19 allow it. She said she hopes music helps people feel “a little less lonely.”

I found so much healing creating this. And there are times when I listen to certain songs again and say, ‘wow, I was so naive,’ ” she said. “ But for the most part, there is a lot of gratitude and joy that I feel hearing these songs and seeing the development and evolution. ”

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