X Factor singer Katie Waissel said she “found the courage” to perform for the first time in 10 years after being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She, 36, first appeared on screen in 2010, where she impressed TV judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl with Etta James’ performance of At Last, after she initially She forgot Queen’s We Are The Champions.
Waissel made it to the talent show’s live performances and placed seventh in the competition, winning by Matt Cardle, prior to the release of her self-titled debut album in March 2011.
The highly trained pianist says she finally feels ready to release music again after performing her new Christmas song on GB News.
“I haven’t performed in a decade. Thank God for PTSD therapy, because without it, I don’t think I would have found the strength or courage to do it. It took a lot, she said.
“I hope it can be an inspiration to anyone who feels like they can’t get over the barrier. If you completely allow yourself to work from a mental health standpoint, you can overcome anything.”
Waissel revealed that she wrote a new song after drawing inspiration from her four-year-old son.
She said: “I started writing songs when I was 14 years old. I recently gained the courage through PTSD therapy to buy back a piano for my home, because it’s been a long time since I’ve had it.
“My son Hudson and I often sing karaoke in the car. I love talking about music in the car on the way to school and during the holidays.
“We were talking about who we were going to celebrate with and there are some family members who are no longer with us. I said ‘It makes me sad’.
And my son said, ‘Oh, no, if you just use your imagination and you believe in magic they could be here with you too’. And that’s what sparked the song.”
During her first X Factor audition, Waissel said she loves being “the lead” and has “wanted to be on stage” her whole life.
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