Gabrielle Aplin Finds Self-Acceptance in Her Vulnerable New Single 'My Mistake': Exclusive

Louie Banks
Gabrielle Aplin

Gabrielle Aplin lets her guard down on “My Mistake,” her moving new single premiering exclusively on Billboard.

“My Mistake” is an emotional piano ballad that provides an open reflection on embracing your flaws. “I've always found writing a therapeutic escape from real life, but this song gently forced me to be brutally honest,” Aplin said in a release. Aplin’s soft vocals couple with the swelling piano chords to create a sonically simple composition that truly allows the song’s powerful lyrics to resonate with the listener. Aplin softly sings insightful, raw lyrics like “I’m a loser/ And I self-deprecate/ So when I falter/ Well, at least it was my mistake."

“On the day I wrote it, I was scheduled to turn up and write a song with people I didn’t know,” Aplin tells Billboard about making “My Mistake.” “I usually love that situation, but I just couldn’t do it that day. I was overwhelmed, tired, anxious, stressed. So instead of trying to write a song, we just decided to be brutally honest. Not try to flower anything up, or be poetic. Just purely the feeling of accepting you feel awful ... owning it.”

“My Mistake” is the first song from Aplin’s upcoming third album, set for release next year. Aplin recently signed a deal with AWAL, and the release will be the first through the new partnership between AWAL and her own label, Never Fade Records. 

Aplin had humble beginnings as a teenage Internet sensation, whose YouTube covers helped get her noticed after she topped the UK charts with her version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's “The Power of Love” in 2012. A year later, she released her debut album English Rain, which included her songs "Home" and "Salvation."

Get a first listen of “My Mistake” below.