Amelia Presley opens up about the abuse she suffered as a child in her song “Harm Nobody Else.” About the flashbacks and confronting her abuser, Amelia wants to spread awareness and remind other victims it’s okay to speak up. In fact, she recalls performing for her abuser stating, “I actually performed the song live for the first time at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. My abuser, the woman who legally adopted me at nine years old, was in the audience with her new husband showing the world how seemingly supportive she was. Before playing the song, I explained to the crowd that I wrote it to spread awareness against abuse. I didn’t reveal that the song was my own story. I couldn’t look her in the eyes as I explained the false truth of why I wrote “Harm Nobody Else,” but at a certain point in the song I looked her straight in the eyes and sang the words.”
In the music video, Amelia’s daughter portrays her as a child. Watching her daughter go through the abuse she did, although staged, was devastating and only made Amelia want to address the problem more.
To reach a larger audience, Amelia set out on tour. Playing to a smaller audience, due to the pandemic, Amelia hopes she can interact with her fans more closely to send the message that “You didn’t ask for the cards you were dealt. It’s time to pass them back to the dealer. Your abuser will more than likely never accept the blame, but that does not mean that you have to hold onto it. The blame is not YOURS. The shame is not YOURS. THIS IS NOT YOUR SECRET.”
You can listen to Amelia’s music on all streaming platforms and on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi