|“||I recorded the song and I didn’t spend a lot of time perfecting it just because it isn’t one of those songs that I feel like if you were to hear anything like doubles or if it’s over produced or anything like that I would take away from the emotion of the song so I wanted to keep it very raw and we did and then as time went on and we realized how magical that capturing that vocal of that song.||”|
— Demi on Anyone
"Anyone" is a single by Demi Lovato. She performed it at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, her first performance since suffering a near-fatal drug overdose in July 2018. That same day, it was made available for purchase and streaming. "Anyone" was recorded four days before Lovato's overdose. The song was written by Lovato, Bibi Bourelly, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jay Mooncie, Sam Roman, and its producer Dayyon Alexander.
Background & Release
Lovato recorded "Anyone" in Montana, after setting a studio camp to write songs for an album project. She said, "At the time when I was recording it, I almost listened back and heard these lyrics as a cry for help [...] I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was okay, but clearly I wasn't". Four days after the track had been recorded, on July 24, 2018, Lovato suffered an overdose and was hospitalized for two weeks. Afterward, Lovato completed a three-month stay at a rehabilitation center in treatment for her substance abuse. While in the hospital, she recalls "hearing back the songs I had just recorded" and upon hearing "Anyone", thinking "If there's ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song". Lovato later explained in regard to her uncertainty on whether she would be able to return following the drug-related overdose, that "It was a general thought. We didn't know what was going to happen. We didn't know how healthy I would be when I left. It was a scary time in my life, for sure. Nevertheless, Lovato says when she crafted "Anyone", she put her "heart and soul" into the song."
Lovato first revealed the title of the track during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 on January 24, 2020, where she announced she would perform it at the 62nd Grammy Awards.
Lovato described the song in her interview with Zane Lowe as a "cry for help" after the release of her song "Sober", a song that had been written months prior and which had failed to result in meaningful change for Lovato in regard to her addiction and mental health: "I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help", she said. "You kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, 'Let’s help this girl'. I even think that I was recording it in a state of mind where I felt like I was okay, but clearly I wasn't. And I even listened back to it and I'm like, 'Gosh, I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself'". In regard to the opening lyrics of the song "I tried to talk to my piano / I tried to talk to my guitar", Lovato has interpreted the lyrics to convey the futility of music as a coping mechanism during the time when she was struggling, saying "There's only so much that music can do before you have to take responsibility and you have to take the initiative to get the help that you need". She also says that "I didn't spend a lot of time perfecting it, just because it isn't... if you were to hear anything, like doubles, or if it's overproduced, it would take away from the emotion of the song, so I wanted to keep it very raw." Furthermore, Lovato confirmed that she did not vocally re-record any parts of the song following when the song was recorded in 2018, and instead kept the original vocal take, because she realized it was "magical capturing that vocal of that song shortly before everything had happened."