Four years after The Original High, Adam Lambert‘s third album, the active frontman of Queen is dropping new music for his fourth studio effort.
At midnight on Thursday night, the singer, 37, released “Feel Something,” a song off the new album and “a gift from me to you,” Lambert wrote to his fans in a note posted on social media.
“This song is the emotional starting point of my new album,” he wrote. “The tracks will chronicle the journey of taking responsibility for my own happiness and strength, and searching for intimacy. Since writing this song, I’ve found the joy I was missing and I’m back in my power. I can’t wait for you to hear more!”
In the note, Lambert opened up about his struggles, both personally and professionally.
“I love making and performing music, but there have been many times where I’ve had to compromise on my artistic vision with executives making decisions based on money and not art,” he explained. “Don’t get me wrong — I’m VERY proud of my body of work. But I’m coming out of a dark period of second guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it. I started asking myself, ‘Is all this hustle really worth it?’ I put all my focus on work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self worth was suffering, I was lonely, and becoming depressed.”
Touring with Queen and performing with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor “recharges me with tons of positive energy” and “reaffirm my confidence in my artistry,” Lambert continued.
“With a bit of professional help, and the support of colleagues, friends, and family, I pulled myself out of the darkness,” he later added. “I decided to begin my next album on my own so I wouldn’t be influenced by anything but my passion for music. I reached out to fellow writers and artists that I’d met over the years and began booking sessions with them. I wanted to make the music I wanted to make, and to get in the headspace I was in when I first dreamed of being a singer — before playing the industry game started messing with my love for music.”
“Feel Something” was written about Lambert “climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart.”
“The life of a bachelor can be a laugh, with plenty of flings,” he wrote, “but after awhile it starts to feel empty. Between frustrations with my career and many lost connections, I felt numb — and though I wanted to fall in love, I knew I wasn’t ready. That’s what inspired me to cry out, ‘I don’t need to feel love, I just want to feel something!’ It was in this realization that I took my first step toward self-care and nursing my spirit back to health.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article referred to “Feel Something” as the album’s official single. It is not.