"When the road is long / when you're feeling low / with every breath / don't forget how far you've come."
These are the lyrics from rising pop/rock artist Mikey Wax's new single "Helium," a fantastic new pop song about about people dealing with chronic illness.
"It was written during a challenging time when someone very close to me was battling cancer, although it could just as easily apply to living with HIV," he tells Plus. "It was eye-opening how fragile we can be, while at the same time resilient. I think we all have people in our lives who we will be there for no matter what the situation. I also want people to hear this song and be inspired to live life to the fullest and realize they can confidently face any challenge they come across."
While undeniably catchy and distinctly memorable, "Helium" will be following a tough act. His earlier single, "You Lift Me Up," was streamed on Spotify over 8 million times. But Wax is more determined than ever. He just signed an exciting worldwide co-publishing deal with PEN Music Group, and has grown his social media fanbase to over 800,000 followers.
Wax, whose earlier single, "In Case I Go Again" played on Pretty Little Liars and the 2012 Olympics (among others), made a huge splash last year with his marriage equality anthem, "Love Always Wins." That song got an extra boost when it appeared in promotional clips for E!’s I Am Cait and on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The lyric video featured footage of celebratory scenes marking the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Noting that he was “honored” at having his song selected to promote Jenner’s groundbreaking series, Wax told The Huffington Post last year that his relationship with his best friend, who is gay, prompted him to write Love Always Wins.
Despite this TV fame, Wax still plays intimate house concerts right in his fans' own living rooms. He has completed dozens of exclusive house concerts, allowing his fans to connect to his music in an unforgettable way. You can also look for Wax on tour in a town near you.