Maddison is the culmination of several years of ups and downs - the heartache I have experienced has brought me to my debut album The Dark. This album is dedicated to all who have suffered or are suffering with darkness in their lives. Darkness appears for many reasons; people who live with it understand that dark feelings do not discriminate with age, background, wealth or looks.

Much of the inspiration for my music comes from my late brother Alan.  Song writing really allowed me to connect with his mentality and realise how terribly sad he was. I believe he felt alone, not wanting to confide in or burden anyone with his sadness.

Being able to immerse myself in song writing has been my salvation; it has brought me finally into the world where I can be myself. In music I have found an outlet for my thoughts and for the first time ever I am managing to come to terms with the last 12 years of my life and plan my future. Doing this has given me the confidence I lost, allowed me to realise that I must not push people away, that I am worthy and that the worst is not always going to happen. If this album helps just one person to recognise that that there can be a way out then that alone will make me so incredibly proud of it.

To everyone else who has not experienced depression please notice your family, friends and colleagues and be there for them. Some signs might be obvious, some not so. Please be available and care.

My hope is that this album will shed a tiny ray of light to illuminate the darkness, even if only for a few seconds, it might show that there is a way through.