Self-acceptance isn't always the easiest thing to come by and it can be especially difficult when it comes to facing your own sexuality. Even less easy than is finding the courage to share that acceptance with others in fear of how you might be judged. For London artist Katey Brooks, it's something she comes to terms with on her new single, 'Never Gonna Let Her Go'.

Originally written a few years ago after a conversation she had with two Pentecostal Christian producers that left her struggling with a mix of emotions, she chose to write what she called "a gentle protest song" that reverberates with warmth and love rather than bitter resentment even as she openly rejects religious and societal hypocrisy.

Merging gospel and blues with an incredibly powerful and evocative voice capable of channeling the deepest of emotions, Brooks sounds confident and defiant but also liberated, even openly using pronouns like "she" and "her" for the first time in a song without hesitation. For someone whose past hardships inspired her turn to music, it's refreshing to hear her simply celebrating being herself.