AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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FEATURE STORY WITH LAURA WESCOTT

22:22

A N A L B U M T O S U P P O R T M E N TA L H E A LT H Mental health campaigner and Awareness Ties Ambassador, Laura Westcott, who sings under the name ‘Aura’, is releasing her debut album 22:22 with composer Chris Marshall, combining spoken & sung meditational techniques with beautiful music to help improve mental wellbeing globally. Aura’s debut album 22:22 is a combination of emotive music, ethereal singing, Latin affirmations and ASMR (auto sensory meridian response) to take listeners on a musical safari of the mind and help with their personal development.

Laura’s friends gifted her a voice recorder for her birthday in April 2020 (during Lockdown one), which she used to record her voice with composer Chris ‘Wood’ Marshall to help people overcome anxiety and sleep better. Laura met Chris through a mutual friend two weeks before lockdown and all their work is recorded remotely. Laura said, “It’s not easy hitting those high notes hunched over a handheld mic under my duvet! It gets quite claustrophobic at times; which I used to my advantage whilst recording the Chrysalis phase before MetaMorphosis. I literally felt like I was in a cocoon so it was easy to convey”.

Laura explains why the album is called 22:22. “I often unknowingly send/receive messages with my producer Chris Marshall at 22:22 hence us choosing the name. For me it symbolises a clear sign to stop and assess if we are in alignment with our authentic self and higher purpose. It symbolises spiritual growth and personal development”.

The album is a journey through life: experiencing love, loss, self-discovery and authenticity. Spanning birth to death with real raw emotions. The vocals for ‘Other Side’ were recorded immediately after Laura received a phone call from her best friend Laura Innes saying she had terminal cancer. The crying heard when Laura sings “Te amo” (I love you) is real. ∎

CHRYSALIS FROM LAURA WESTCOTT’S DEBUT ALBUM 22:22

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