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Singer Songwriter Randie O’Neil opens up on childhood trauma

Randie O'Neil

Award-winning songwriter Randie O'Neil has transformed her childhood struggles into a beacon of inspiration through her music. 

As an adolescent intervention specialist, she brings a unique perspective to her song-writing, infusing her lyrics with sincerity and wisdom gained from navigating her own challenging past.

Randie writes exclusively for ABLE2UK about overcoming childhood trauma through inner strength and her own music.

‘I was raised in an abusive, alcoholic household.  I used music to get me through some very difficult times and started to learn how to play guitar.  I loved and didn’t have to be told to practice.   

‘One day I came home from school and my guitars were gone, sold.  I just froze, walked out of the house and sat on the curb.  I thought, I’m going to sing, they can’t take my voice.  And that’s what I did for many years.  It was until after college that I found the courage to start writing songs.  I really used my voice as therapy to work through the trauma of my abusive past. 

‘Looking back at that moment, I can realise the impact it had on my life.  How alone I felt at that moment and realising I was on my own. What an epic failure my parents had been.  I struggled with depression, doubted myself and really had no confidence to stand up and sing in front of people.  I kept writing and using music.  I used my writing to confront feelings that I wanted to keep buried.  Singing about issues I found that people could relate to.  It opens up a dialogue.  I realised I wasn’t so alone.

‘I had the help of some amazing people and everyday I’m grateful to them.  I wanted to be that person and went into adolescent counselling.  It was such an amazing transformative journey.  My focus was adolescent addiction which included a specialty in anxiety.  

‘I wanted to bring that message to my music.  I also wanted people to listen so I made sure that the songs were always upbeat and positive with a message to inspire.  As I was empowered to stand up and use my voice, I wanted others to be able to do the same.


Drawing from her personal journey of triumph over adversity, Randie's music resonates with themes of resilience, courage, and the human spirit's capacity for growth. Her Americana/Folk-Pop sound, infused with catchy melodies and honest storytelling, has garnered international acclaim.

Randie's latest single, "Don't Tell Mama," captures the essence of carefree nostalgia while subtly weaving in themes of self-discovery and liberation. Inspired by her experiences in counselling, the song invites listeners to embrace their inner wild child and confront their secrets with courage.

In her upcoming EP, "Heart and Soul," Randie continues to uplift audiences with her infectious optimism and empowering narratives. Through tracks like "The Dance" and "Olivia," she invites listeners to embark on a journey of love, resilience, and self-empowerment.

Previously celebrated for her critically acclaimed single "Queen (of the Barstool Two-Step)," Randie's music transcends entertainment, serving as a beacon of hope for those facing adversity. With over 700,000 streams and three prestigious awards, including video of the year from the International Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), her impact is felt worldwide.

Randie O'Neil is not just a musician; she's a testament to the transformative power of resilience and the human capacity for growth. Through her music, she inspires others to embrace their own journeys with courage and optimism, reminding us that every struggle is an opportunity for growth and every setback a stepping stone toward a brighter tomorrow.

Randie’s new single ‘Crash and Burn’ is out now

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