One of the major female voices in soca, Patrice Roberts, has recently released an upbeat single that reveals her ongoing battle with anxiety and stress. Patrice considers Anxiety to be her most sincere song and hopes it will inspire more candid conversations about the mental health of soca singers.
The song tackles real issues affecting the individual: self-confidence, stress, loneliness, and social anxiety. Owing to its heavy themes, Patrice Roberts relied on the help of her team and three other creatives, including Mevon Soodeen, David Millien and Kitwana Israel, to write the song.
The song is also about the healing effect of carnival and the joy of being a part of the tradition. In parts of Anxiety Patrice sings about how much she misses carnival and how soca music is her remedy and therapy.
The writing and production process was therapeutic for Patrice since her team paid special attention to this project and reassured her she was doing the right thing. Two days before the song’s release, Patrice shared her struggle with anxiety to the world on social media. The replies she got were heartwarming and encouraging.