Thursday 14 December 2017

Powter was 'slave' to addiction

Daniel Powter is back with new album Turn On The Lights
Daniel Powter is back with new album Turn On The Lights

Daniel Powter has revealed how he struggled to fight his battle with drugs and alcohol.

The Canadian singer-songwriter, who shot to fame with Bad Day in 2006, soon discovered that the song's instant popularity had a negative effect on his music career.

"I had second thoughts about doing this as a career. I didn't like being in the spotlight. It was very lonely and I felt isolated," he told Metro.

Daniel - whose new album Turn On The Lights is out now - sought solace in cocaine and booze. He said: "I ended up managing my life around it. It got worse and worse. I used to soothe myself but it eventually stops working. It had an enormous effect on me and my career."

The 41-year-old, who battled with addiction for around five years, credited surfing and yoga for helping him get over his troubles.

"Getting sober is a big step. It's hard. It's tough because you have to change yourself and your relationships and get the bad people out of your life," he explained.

"It takes a long time. Now I get to play music again and be happy, which isn't a cool thing in the rock world."

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