Thursday 14 December 2017

Some songs emotional for Rumer

Rumer is getting ready for another tour
Rumer is getting ready for another tour

Singer-songwriter Rumer has admitted it can be tough performing songs she has written about her personal troubles.

Much of the singer-songwriter's most recent album, Into Colour, deals with her experiences of bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress, as well as a miscarriage and a previous failed relationship.

"I live the emotion in the song each time," said Rumer, 35.

"The material does take me to that place, but there are songs that counteract it, like Thankful, which was written in a state of balance.

"Most of the time, no one feels that state of grace, so it can be healing."

"But On My Way Home, I find very hard to perform," added the singer, referring to a track from her debut which details her grief after her mother died from breast cancer in 2003.

Rumer - who was born Sarah Joyce in Islamabad, Pakistan - said she is much happier these days, and having her partner Rob Shirakbari tour with her means she's not lonely, as she was previously when her band was populated by session musicians on just another job.

She said: "They could go to the pub together after the gig and that was it for them, whereas I felt isolated from that in my role. All eyes were on me, my name is on the ticket, but now it's easier to deal with, because we're a team."

Rumer, who wasn't signed until she was 30, is hitting the road again this month and will be on tour pretty solidly for the next two months.

However, the singer revealed that when she released her almost-million-selling debut album Seasons Of My Soul in 2010, her touring schedule was booked up two years, so two months is a mere jaunt in comparison.

"And in the old days, before I was signed, I couldn't even deal with, 'Can you come round for dinner on Friday?'," she recalled. "I never knew where I was going to be, and I was very how-the-wind-blows about planning, never scheduled. Then I got a two-year calendar slapped in front of me, and suddenly there was no room for spontaneity or magic."

:: Rumer's third album Into Colour is out now. She begins a UK tour on February 15. Visit www.rumer.co.uk.

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