A Scots singer has amassed 1000’s of followers worldwide after performing music on Fb to assist her overcome the grief of shedding her dad, Eric.
Amanda-Jane Taylor was devastated when her dad, who would have been 65 final week, misplaced his battle with prostate most cancers and Huntington’s illness in 2018.
His dying coincided with the break-up of Amanda’s marriage inflicting her psychological well being to hit all-time low.
Mum-of-two Amanda, 41, from Westhill, Aberdeen, mentioned: “I’ve been affected by psychological well being points since my dad died of prostate most cancers two years in the past.
“When my dad was dying my marriage ended as effectively so it was a tricky time with no male position mannequin and no household unit.
“I tried to take my very own life not lengthy after my dad died as a result of we had been very shut.
“Folks don’t clarify these are regular emotions to really feel however I used to be overwhelmed by the breakdown of my marriage and the lack of my dad.
“I had began doing open mic as a launch to take care of the grief of what I used to be going by after which lockdown hit.
“I used to be coping with quite a bit happening in my head whereas making an attempt to work and assist my two kids and put meals on the desk for my youngsters.” Amanda deliberate to take her personal life till she acquired assist by the Scottish Affiliation for Psychological Well being.
The charity inspired her to get entangled in outside actions, which she liked, however when Covid hit, her nervousness and despair worsened.
Amanda mentioned: “I’d determined sufficient was sufficient and I may by no means get out of the pit and be an excellent mum to my youngsters as a result of financially I couldn’t assist them and it simply acquired on high of me.”
Issues improved when she started singing on Fb, beneath the identify AJ Mclovely. It led to 1000’s of admirers – referred to as The Mclovelies – tuning in from around the globe.
Many have posted messages to say she has helped them with grief, bereavement points and loneliness.
She has additionally launched three singles – Born to Make a Distinction, Bleeding Coronary heart and Maintain On.
Amanda mentioned: “I’ve 5000 followers from all around the world which is superb to me as a result of I’m simply doing it from my lounge.
“The performances on Fb took off and created a household worldwide. If I didn’t have that I don’t know the place I’d be.”