Singer-songwriter Mila Nabours is using the power of music to educate fans about an illness that affects several individuals worldwide – Alzheimer’s disease. The California native recently (June 3) released “Memory,” a vulnerable ballad that serves as a tribute to her grandparents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
The fast-rising artist penned the mid-tempo track alongside Mimi Tomar. To place emphasis on her chill-provoking sound, Nabours worked closely with Andrew Lane and Irene Cara to produce the emotion-driven melody. While displaying her wide vocal range and distinctive pop pipes, she effortlessly conveys the hardships one may face while watching a loved one struggle with the sickness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease is a neurologic disorder that causes the brain to “shrink and brain cells to die.” The disease is the number one cause of dementia, which affects an individual’s ability to function independently and causes “Memory” loss.
“This song is really important to me because it touches on a sensitive subject that my family and a lot of families are going through,” the songstress exclusively told Celeb Secrets. “‘ Memory’ is about the pain of losing someone to Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, two of my grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. So, I wanted to dedicate this song to them and to anyone who may have a family member going through the same thing.”
Approximately 5.8 million people just within the United States get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by the age of 65. While Nabours found herself digging deep to cultivate the single, she told CS that she also challenged herself musically.
“I feel like the rawness of this song brings out a different quality in my music- a much more melodic and ballad type tone,” she said. “I felt like writing about a topic that was meaningful to me would bring out a more genuine emotion, and would add a deeper sentiment to it.”
The “New Moon” singer may be young, she is wise beyond her years. The non-surface-level artist has become a mainstay in the industry for her informative music. Her 2021 EP Vision touches upon self-discovery, the single “Catch Me” encourages listeners to step outside their comfort zone, and she dedicates her time with mental health awareness nonprofit Spreading The Love.
With that being said, Celeb Secrets spoke with Nabours to hear more about her enlightening single “Memory” and projects in the pipeline. Keep scrolling for our full Q&A with the breakout star.
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Celeb Secrets: Mila, this single hits closer to home than your usual music/songs. Talk to me about the importance Of this song?
Mila Nabours: “This song is really important to me because it touches on a sensitive subject that my family and a lot of families are going through. “Memory” is about the pain of losing someone to Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, two of my grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. So, I wanted to dedicate this song to them and to anyone who may have a family member going through the same thing.”
Celeb Secrets: Why did you choose to get so real, raw, and personal?
Mila Nabours: “I feel like the rawness of this song brings out a different quality in my music- a much more melodic and ballad type tone. I felt like writing about a topic that was meaningful to me would bring out a more genuine emotion, and would add a deeper sentiment to it.”
Celeb Secrets: Talk to us about your experience dealing with family members who had Alzheimer’s.
Mila Nabours: “Having family members that deal with this disease is not only sad, but it is also very scary. Watching their memory slip away so rapidly is beyond something I can imagine to understand, and watching someone slowly forget who you are and even who they are is an awful feeling. When it comes to raising awareness and supporting charities and important causes, it is so empowering to know that I can be an influence to help people in need. Using my platform to bring light to problems around the world is something I am constantly focusing on. Making a difference and showing my fans that they can be a difference too is such a positive and rewarding feeling.”
Celeb Secrets: You’ve had a lot of singles lately. How does it feel to be pumping out music?
Mila Nabours: “I love making music, so the more I’m able to get in the studio to write and record, the better! I’m excited to see how my music evolves in the next few years, and I want to keep adding diversity to my music.”
Celeb Secrets: You’ve done some runway walks this ear, what was that like?
Mila Nabours: “Being able to model on runways internationally has been so much fun the past couple of years! I absolutely love traveling, so being able to travel while also walking for incredible designers is so much fun. The best part is, I get to travel with a team of models and crew who are my really good friends!”
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Celeb Secrets: What’s the most important thing about creating music to you?
Mila Nabours: “For me, the most important thing when it comes to creating music is that it comes from an organic place, and that I enjoy the outcome. If I don’t love what I’m putting out, I don’t expect my audience to!”
Celeb Secrets: You really took time during the pandemic to hone in on your musical craft. Where do you think you have been in your musical career?
Mila Nabours: “Since we spoke last, I’ve continued to write and record music, and I feel like I’m gradually finding my sound and what kind of singer I am. I understand that each artist has their strengths and weaknesses. So, enhancing what I’m strong in and working on what I need improvement on is something I’m actively focusing on. This applies to my singing, but also performing! Also, since we spoke last, I’ve recorded multiple tracks for upcoming movies!”
Celeb Secrets: Last time we spoke, you shared with us that you were in a tv show that was in pre-production. We need to know how it went, what was that experience was like for you?
Mila Nabours: ” Unfortunately, the project is on hold due to financial difficulties because of the pandemic.”
Celeb Secrets: Since we’re Celeb Secrets, what’s a secret about the process behind making the song that people wouldn’t know while listening to it?
Mila Nabours: “My secret would be, as much as I’m all about writing from the heart and writing about what’s on my mind, sometimes I go into writing sessions not knowing in the slightest what I want to write about! Sometimes, the hardest part of the process is sculpting together an idea of the story I want to tell in my song.”