Listeners get to hear a different side of entertainer Alyson Stoner on “Stripped Bare” where she sings about the pitfalls of being a child star.
Alyson Stoner’s rollout for her first single of 2019 titled “Stripped Bare” has given fans an inside look into her life. Leading up to the song’s release, the singer shared childhood photos on Instagram paired with inspiring captions.
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Dear you, in 7 days I release #StrippedBare. This song shares pieces of my life I haven’t shown, including some from the shadows of growing up in entertainment. This week I want to let you read a few diary entries from certain moments before the release… Comment ❤️ if you’d like to see them. ↓↓↓
Alyson reflects on growing up in the entertainment industry on social media as if she’s writing a letter to her younger self through a series of posts.
“It’s ironic, the feedback continues to be they hired me because I’m reliable, professional and make those around me look good, yet I get left in the dust. It’s my fault that I keep giving away my magic, but others don’t seem to mind taking it. But I know I have a much deeper purpose that can hopefully benefit more people… maybe I need to protect it,” Alyson shares.
On the track, she opens up about dealing with family members who didn’t have her best interest at heart and feeling empty after being taken advantage of.
“I can’t believe family could be so savage,” she sings before the chorus “stripped bare, got nothing left.”
This isn’t the first time Alyson shared that being a child star wasn’t a good experience. In a YouTube vlog from 2017, she called it “weird” and “unhealthy” despite finding early success as a dancer for Missy Elliot, appearing in the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Cheaper By the Dozen, and Step Up.
“I was a pack mule growing up,” she said. “Living in that little box? Being part of that little machine? It takes a huge toll on you,” she told People.com.
But Alyson says despite what listeners may think, “Stripped Bare” is not a sad song, it’s an anthem. Like a lot of musical artists, she’s using her gift as a form of therapy that has allowed her to bond with fans. Listen to the full song below!