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Lennox ‘too happy’ to write music

Annie Lennox says she used misery as a catalyst to write songs in the past.

The 59-year-old Scottish singer married South African gynaecologist Dr. Mitch Besser in 2012.

Annie hasn’t released new music since her 2007 album Songs of Mass Destruction hit shelves and the songstress confesses being wed to Mitch has impacted her songwriting.

“I’ve stopped writing because I’m too happy,” she revealed during her Nostalgia album launch party Monday night, according to UK newspaper The Mirror.

“It’s thanks to someone who shall remain nameless, but he’s made me very happy in life these days.”

Nostalgia is a compilation LP comprised of renditions of all her favourite jazz, soul and blues songs.

Annie has always been moved by music that expresses raw emotions, but the Walking on Broken Glass singer is no longer willing to delve into depression herself.

“Seriously I think a lot of musicians are sensitive souls, we’re usually not always terribly happy in our own lives and so, for me, a lot of my process of writing was certainly cathartic in a way, because it was a very helpful way to get certain feelings expressed and to get them out,” she explained. “I think misery is a great catalyst for some extraordinary music, but it’s not really ideal to live there 24/7 and I certainly don’t.

"I’d rather not be successful and happy, than be super successful and absolutely miserable. For me it’s a done deal.”

Nostalgia is due for release in October.

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