With 11 million views on “Somebody’s Someone” on her Facebook page and over 72,000 streams of the track on Spotify, Daphne Willis has become quite the viral hit. The song, which is about mental health issues, is hitting home for many listeners who find solace in the lyrics. On Facebook, the video has hundreds of thousands of comments from people who are sharing their stories. And even though Willis can’t possibly reply to all of them, that doesn’t stop her from trying.
Watch the video that the internet can’t get enough of above, then check out our exclusive interview with Daphne Willis about the track!
BCT: Where did the inspiration for “Somebody’s Someone” come from?
Daphne Willis: I think Mental Health is a spectrum. I’ve been all over that spectrum throughout my life. I know what it feels like to think you’re alone out there. I think a lot of people have felt or feel that way. The song is a reminder to us all that we are not alone.
BCT: You wrote the track with Jen Bostic. How did you connect with her? What made mental health a topic that the two of you wanted to focus on during your write together?
Daphne Willis: Jen and I have been friends for a while, so, we talk about all kinds of deep philosophical stuff. I think being able to open up with the people you are writing with is vital to writing something honest. We both encourage each other to do that and that’s where it lead that day.
BCT: So, the video went viral on Facebook! What has the response been like?
Daphne Willis: It’s been AMAZING! I can’t tell you how wonderfully overwhelmed I have felt with all the support. It was a vulnerable move putting it all out there, but with vulnerability comes strength and I couldn’t feel stronger than I do right now. It’s really lit a fire under my butt to keep going, and to keep releasing music that is open and honest. I’m so grateful!
BCT: The video has sort of a simplistic element to it. What made you want to keep the video simple and to the point?
Daphne Willis: The message is simple but can be very easily complicated. There are so many layers to this. I plan to address a lot of them in future songs, but you have to take things one at a time. I think keeping things simple, in general, allows any message to come through in a powerful way.
BCT: Looking at your growth over time and how wide of an audience you’re reaching with you music, I think you’re definitely onto something here. What do you think makes your music stand apart?
Daphne Willis: Thank you for that! I think it goes back to vulnerability. A lot of songs out there enow are kind of surface from a lyrical content standpoint. People (including myself) are afraid of being thought of as weak or vulnerable. I think that stigma needs to change. I definitely gravitate toward music that makes me thing and feel on a deeper emotional level, so I’m just trying to do that in my own songs. The more you put yourself out there, the more you reach, the more you connect. This song has definitely been a step in the right direction for me and I’m thankful for that.