Harm Nobody Else Project

Amelia Presley recently became an advocate against child abuse by publicly telling the story of her own childhood through her latest song, “Harm Nobody Else” and a podcast called “The Insignificant Diary of a Burden Named Phoenix” in which she tells the story of the 13 years of abuse she endured from the age of 3 years to 16 years old.  She hopes to help survivors to validate their own feelings by facing them head on rather than living under the burden of their abuser’s secret. 

Credits:

Harm Nobody Else
written by Amelia Presley
Produced by Eric McKinney
Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by Eric McKinney at Wonderland Studios
Vocals and Acoustic Guitar by Amelia Presley
Lead Guitar by Taylor Long
Electric Guitar, Lap-Slide Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ by Eric McKinney
Drums/Percussion by Eric McKinney and Miriam McKinney

About the Project

The Insignificant Diary of a Burden Named Phoenix (Podcast)

Available On Most Podcast Platforms

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Harm Nobody Else (Single)

Out Everywhere 7/30/20

Please check out dates for the Harm Nobody Else Tour, and feel free to reach out to request your city.

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Not MY secret. Not MY shame.

This project didn’t start as any sort of public quest that was planned in advance. I actually meant to quietly use the outlets of music and blog writing to help myself find closure. In July of 2018, I wrote the song “Harm Nobody Else”. Then, it sat forgotten on a piece of paper and a voice note until September of that same year when I performed it at the Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival for the very first time. I performed the song with the explanation that it was to promote awareness of domestic violence since the following month was “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month”. I didn’t explain that I had any personal connection to the song, and certainly didn’t say the song was written in my own voice. I only told my friend Abe Partridge, because I was borrowing his guitar when a baby step in my healing process took place. My adopted mother who abused me for 13 years of my life before divorcing my biological father was in the audience when I sang “Harm Nobody Else” for the first time during the festival. I couldn’t look at her when I told that watered down explanation of the song’s meaning, but I finally got the courage to look into her eyes as I actually sang the song. It was terrifying. That same month, I started writing blog posts, and created a series of chapters that told the story of my childhood through characters whose names had been changed. The blog was called “The Insignificant Diary of a Burden Named Phoenix”. I wrote 15 chapters, and made it to the age of eleven in my story. Then, I left the blog to sit for over a year. In November of 2019, I decided to take the blog a step further by turning it into a podcast. So, I launched “The Insignificant Diary of a Burden Named Phoenix” Podcast. I recorded two episodes in which I read chapters 1-3 from the blog. I didn’t reveal that this was my story, and no one would’ve known since I had hidden it so well throughout my life. Then, my abuser cut me out of her life out of the blue after seemingly trying to make amends for 12 years of my adult life. I was so hurt and angry that I wanted to shout the secret that I had withheld almost my entire life as loud and as soon as possible. So, I did. I posted it on social media. I revealed that the story I was telling in my podcast was my own. Then, I said what the song, “Harm Nobody Else” is actually about on stage before performing it. My friend, Taylor Long, who had consoled me on the day I first released my story two weeks prior, was beside me on stage that night. Prior to accepting my truth as part of me, I thought that singing a redemption song aimed at my abuser and putting my story into words with a blog would be enough. It wasn’t. I was still hiding the truth from myself, and everyone else by detaching myself from my own experience. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I was hiding the full truth because I felt ashamed. I wasn’t helping anyone else or even myself by owning my abuser’s secret. All I was doing was settling for the non-truth that victims and survivors should be ashamed. It’s ironic that the chorus of “Harm Nobody Else” begins with the lyrics; “I’m done”. When I wrote that line on July 11, 2018; I wasn’t done. I was still hiding her secret. On November 27, 2019; I was DONE. This is not MY secret. This is not MY shame. The secret and shame belong to the woman who forced me to legally become her child by making it clear to me that if I prevented her from doing so by telling the truth to the court, I’d regret it. This page is dedicated to documenting my healing process in sequence, so that others may feel empowered to do the same. You didn’t ask for the cards you were dealt. It’s time to pass them back to the dealer. Your abuser will more than likely never accept the blame, but that does not mean that you have to hold onto it. The blame is not YOURS. The shame is not YOURS. THIS IS NOT YOUR SECRET.” - Amelia Presley

Updates on My Journey

"Harm Nobody Else" to Release July 30, 2020

❥ “Harm Nobody Else” releases everywhere on 7/30, but you can preorder it this Friday! ➳ Prior to accepting my truth as part of me, I thought that singing a redemption song aimed at my abuser without revealing it was…

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Harm Nobody Else Tour Dates

  • 8/6/20 - Hatch, NM
  • 8/7/20 - Las Cruces, NM
  • 8/8/20 - Las Cruces, NM
  • 8/9/20 - Truth or Consequences, NM
  • 8/10/20 - TBA (NM)
  • 8/11/20 - Santa Fe, NM
  • 8/12/20 - TBA 
  • 8/13/20 - Manitou Springs, CO
  • 8/14/20 - Loveland,

GoFundMe Update - Truck Bed Camper for “Harm Nobody Else” Tour


My “Room-On-The-Road” is complete!  And it’s all because of the amazing supporters who made it happen by donating!  I can’t wait to hit the road in August for my “Harm Nobody Else” Tour!   

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“Harm Nobody Else” Tour

8/6/20 - Hatch, NM 
8/7/20 - Las Cruces, NM 
8/8/20 - Las Cruces, NM 
8/9/20 - Truth or Consequences, NM 
8/10/20 - TBA (NM) 
8/11/20 - Santa Fe, NM 
8/12/20 - TBA 
8/13/20 - Manitou Springs, CO 
8/14/20 - Loveland, CO 
8/15/20 - Montrose, CO 
8/16/20 -TBA (CO) 
8/17/20 - Boulder, CO 
8/18/20 - TBA (CO) 
8/19/20 - TBA (CO) 
8/20/20 - TBA (CO) 
8/21/20 - Salina, KS 
8/22/20 - Park City, KS 
8/23/20 - TBA (OK) 

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