After Emily Daniels released her raw, emotional and personal single detailing the reason behind her legal name change in “My Last Name," she gives an inside look into the toxic environment with an official lyric video. The video was released on YouTube today and can be found below.
The single can be heard across all major platforms as well as on The Tiera Show on Apple Music Country starting on Monday, August 31st.
Emily continues to receive an outpour of messages of gratitude from other survivors of toxic family environments. Each with heartbreaking explanations of how they relate and feelings of relief that "finally there's a song that gets me".
This year marks 10 years since Emily's biological father left. To help deal with the trauma he caused in her life, Emily turned to songwriting and a legal name change.
"I was left deeply hurt and confused because I realized I never knew who this man truly was. People ask me if I think he changed, but truthfully, I think he’d been that way all along and had just been masking it. When the mask was finally taken off, I was terrified with the person I then saw because I didn’t know him at all. It's been 10 years since my biological father left and I haven’t seen or spoken to him since 2012. I can’t change the past, but I can decide how I will let it shape my life. I was able to take a stand and reclaim my name because my former last name had so many painful memories attached to it. I wanted to properly honor my stepdad Daniel and the role he’s played in my life, so I went to the courthouse in April 2019 and legally changed my last name to Daniels."
More music to follow later in the year with a scheduled EP release in the near future. You can follow Emily on social media at @emilydanielsofficial and on her website here.