After a long day, you put in your earphones, cue up your relaxation playlist, and lean your head against the window of your ride for the trip home. Music is a de-stressor, a tool for self-reflection, and even a healthy, temporary escape from everyday life. Undeniably, listening to music is an integral part of the self-care process. Still, how many times have you considered the headspace of the person behind your favorite song? The answer is probably not often. But for the artists who write and perform the songs that you can’t get enough of, mental health is everything. Show biz is stressful and hectic, while creativity requires peace and rest. So why has the industry ignored mental health for so long? 

Tayla Parx, an accomplished recording artist, songwriter, and actress, is no stranger to the pressures of the music industry. In her 15 year career, the 28-year-old has achieved massive success. She’s released two albums—2019’s We Need to Talk and 2020’s Coping Mechanisms—while also snagging a Grammy nomination for co-writing songs on Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, and has opened shows for Anderson .Paak. 

But those wins have come at a cost. As someone who has been in the entertainment industry for more than half her life, Parx understands the importance of staying grounded and prioritizing her mental well-being.