“Never give up,” “Your day will come” and “Keep on believing in yourself.”
Those are just some of the cliches that people throw at those who express a desire to quit their dreams. And because that type of advice is often given, some might find it very easy to ignore.
The Houston raised-artist said at one point she was ready to toss her musical ambitions into the waste bin, because she thought her career would never explode. And when she released her cut “Truth Hurts” in September 2017, it fell on deaf ears, which pushed her even closer to quitting.
“The day I released ‘Truth Hurts’ was probably one of the darkest days I’ve had ever in my career,” she recalled. “I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares.’ I was like, ‘F— it, I’m done.’”
But that’s where that useful advice came in, and instead of chalking it up to empty encouragement, she listened and it kept her going.
“A lot of people rallied,” explained Lizzo. “My producer, my publicist and my family. They were like, ‘Just keep going because this is the darkest before the dawn.’”
Fortunately for the 31-year-old, the sun finally rose for her, and it shone incredibly bright. Because two years after she released “Truth Hurts,” it was featured in the 2019 film “Someone Great.”
That helped the song become a hit, and it currently sits at the No. 6 position on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Who would have thunk?” said Lizzo. “What a moment in a movie can do for an artist is crazy. I had everything else: The hard work, the good music, touring. But then there’s that extra-special magic that nobody really knows what it is that can really change your life.”
“Now the song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone’s falling in love with me for, which is such a testament to journeys,” she added. “Your darkest day turns into your brightest triumph.”
Lizzo’s major label debut “Cuz I Love You” opened up at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, and it received a slew of positive reviews.