Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived) singing groups and writing credits for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton and Fantasia Barrino.
She had the backing of a major label, a loyal fan base, industry co-signs, a platinum radio hit and her songwriting had earned her a Grammy.
Yet she had struggled to get her debut album off the ground five years after releasing her first single.
Feeling frustrated and perpetually stalled at the age of 29, the R&B singer-songwriter found herself in a dark place.
“I was going through the craziest bout of...