21 January 2022 – Up-and-coming songbird liesl-mae makes a sparkling debut with original single entitled “Headspace”. The Kuala Lumpur-based singer-songwriter is signed to OFFMUTE – Sony Music Entertainment’s new Southeast Asian label – and is one of three new artists that the label announced as their first signings upon its launch on 19 March, 2021.
liesl-mae recalls how music has been a part of her being for as long as she’s known. From singing in the backseat of her parents’ car as a child to expressing herself through making and posting cover videos online, liesl-mae has always loved to sing. It wasn’t until a video of an unassuming open mic performance in 2019 that her world started to shift. Discovered through social media by Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, liesl-mae’s musical journey is only just beginning.
With two previously-released singles under her belt, “Headspace” marks her debut as a singer-songwriter. The single is one of the first original songs liesl-mae has ever written, noting that she wrote “Headspace” in the beginning of 2020 when she found herself at a point in her life where she was feeling weighed down and overwhelmed. “Headspace” was born out of the songwriter finding herself struggling to feel present; instead spending most of her time inside her own head.
“Trying to snap out of it and being able to focus again. That’s what the song’s about,” says liesl-mae.
Lyrically, the single is a nuanced display of vulnerability and, in liesl-mae’s own words, “a cry for help” – of wanting to find peace and safety, whether it be a person, place, or headspace.
An advocate for mental health, liesl-mae is determined to openly address and discuss mental health in her music in the hopes of inspiring others, as well as to foster understanding around the subject matter – and she does it all with her heart on her sleeve. The proof is in her artistry.
“‘Headspace’ is about finding peace amidst the chaos. Writing this song gave me that peace, and I can only hope that listening to it gives you that too,” concludes liesl-mae.