Anyone

Album: Yet to be titled (2020)
Charted: 34
  • Demi Lovato has struggled with emotional issues since her teen years and has used prescription drugs, cocaine, and alcohol to numb her pain. Her troubles came to a head on July 24, 2018, when she was rushed to the hospital because of an opioid overdose. The songstress spent a fortnight in LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, then several months on her subsequent rehabilitation.

    Lovato wrote and recorded "Anyone" just four days before her July 2018 overdose. Speaking to Zane Lowe in January 2020, she said she realizes now the song was actually "a cry for help."

    "I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt I was OK, but clearly I wasn't," Lovato added. "I even listen back to it and I'm like, 'Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself.'"
  • Speaking with Apple Music, Lovato talked about how she was sending her future self a message with this song. "You kind of listen back to it and think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, let's help this girl?, she said. "I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was OK, but clearly I wasn't. I listen to it and think, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself. I feel like I was in denial, but a part of me knew what I was singing for. I was singing this song, and I didn't realize the lyrics were so heavy and emotional until after the fact."

    Lovato explained that when she was in the hospital after her overdose, she thought, "If I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song."
  • Regarding the opening lyric, "I tried to talk to my piano, I tried to talk to my guitar, I tried to talk to my imagination," Lovato said: "Music has been a huge coping mechanism for me, but there's only so much that music can do before you have to take responsibility and take the initiative to get the help you need."
  • Lovato premiered this song at the Grammy Awards in 2020. She was introduced by Greta Gerwig, who said: "She is sharing her voice with all those who are battling the darkness in their lives so they might be reminded there is light on the other side."
  • When Demi Lovato sung "Anyone" at the Grammys (her first performance since exiting rehab), she was forced to stop the song for a brief moment as she choked back tears. Her emotional performance was the most-tweeted-about moment of the award show.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.

Dave MasonSongwriter Interviews

Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.

Dave Alvin - "4th Of July"They're Playing My Song

When Dave recorded the first version of the song with his group the Blasters, producer Nick Lowe gave him some life-changing advice.

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Songwriter Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.

Bob DaisleySongwriter Interviews

Bob was the bass player and lyricist for the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums. Here's how he wrote songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" with Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.