Stephanie Mathias is an award-winning violinist, singer-songwriter, and pianist from Northern Virginia. She is also a mother and mental health advocate, and her personality is shown through her most recent single, “Lifetime Every Day” on Oct. 28, produced by Devin Spear from Exhale Recording Studios in Dulles, VA. “Lifetime Every Day” is about “breaking yourself open and putting yourself back together,” says Mathias. This track is the follow-up release to “Starting Over,” the 2022 Wammie Award winner for Best Pop Song.
Beautiful piano opens the song, and Mathias’s voice expresses a multitude of emotions, also heard in her contemplative lyrics; we are immersed in her performance. Its catchy chorus and strong bridge show her vocal range and ability. It even almost sounds like it could be in a Disney movie :).
“I’ve got a whole new lifetime / A whole new story / And you’re here to see it all unfold / And you see my whole face changing / There’s no more blaming / I’m owning each part of my soul. / And with each piece I’ll pick it up / And build a better heart / That beats a new lifetime every day,” she sings. She released “Lifetime Every Day” nearly a year after giving birth to her son and returning to the normal routines of life. As a strong advocate for self-care and mental health (she was diagnosed with ADHD earlier this year), Mathias is hoping to build awareness and connect with her listeners. “I realized so much of my mental illness stemmed from my ADHD being untreated,” Mathias says. “So while I am happy to be more healthy mentally, I have been redefining the things I’ve struggled with and processing what that even means to me as a person,” she says. “I’ve been so open about mental illness, grief and loss. But those things happen to you, whereas when you have ADHD that is literally who you are. It takes time to overcome the shame that can come with a new label, and fully embrace who I am.”
This song is encouraging to not give up and reflect to accept areas of weakness; it is a reminder that needing help is not a bad thing.
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Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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