Lea Michele Q&A: Talks ‘Difficult’ Cory Song, Finding Her Voice and Life After ‘Glee’

Posted by Ali in Mar 04,2014 with Comments Off

Billboard spoke with Lea as she prepared to release her debut album. She talks about Louder, Cory and her desire to be on American Horror Story.

This week, “Glee” star Lea Michele releases her debut album “Louder,” an 11-song set of club-ready dance anthems and soaring ballads that showcase the 27-year-old actor’s voice in a whole new light. The album delves into a slew of different ways of thinking about relationships, from good ol’ fashion pining, hooking up with someone who you know isn’t right, as well as the grief she experienced after Cory Monteith passed away last July. And it’s something she hopes will let her stand out in the pop landscape.

“I didn’t want to find songs that I had to change myself for,” she says of the tracks on “Louder.” “I wanted to find songs that would only highlight my sound and were unique to me. I didn’t want to fit any mold. I wanted it to be something that couldn’t be replicated by anyone else.”

Billboard spoke with Michele about the emotional aspects of “Louder,” how music is therapeutic for her, and the TV show she’s begging to be on after “Glee.”

The pop world is dominated these days by Katy, Miley, Taylor and Gaga. What’s unique about yourself as a pop singer?
I love all of those women. They were all inspirations for this record and I just love and respect women who make great music and focus on the vocals. For me as a performer, I really rely on my emotion coming from an acting background. I really use the performance aspect of it in conveying the emotion in my sound. Everything that I sing on this album is incredibly personal to me. It’s all things I’ve experienced. Sharing a part of yourself in your music is really important and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

Did you have any studio rituals when you were making “Louder”?
When I started out, my only prior experience to being in a recording studio was for “Glee.” The “Glee” process is so fast-paced. You go in, you have to record three songs in two hours. It’s like jumping out of a plane, making “Glee.” Before you hit the ground, you have to learn all your numbers and sing all your songs and film and entire episode. At the beginning [of recording "Louder"], I would get into the studio and I would say “we gotta do this, come on, lets record three songs today!” By the end, I was coming in, taking a nap, ordering food.

You co-wrote and recorded “If You Say So” after Cory’s passing. Did you find that therapeutic or pretty difficult?
It has both sides of the spectrum. Listening to it, it’s therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing that’s every happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. It’s been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. I’m grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and it’s a moment in my life … music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year.

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More Teen Vogue Outtakes

Posted by Ali in Mar 02,2014 with Comments Off

Earlier this year Lea was featured on the cover of Teen Vogue … we have added some gorgeous new outtakes to the gallery from this shoot!

Gallery Links:
Loving Lea Michele > Outtakes > 2014 > 001



Lea’s Glamour UK Outtakes

Posted by Ali in Feb 28,2014 with Comments Off

I can’t even tell you how much I love this new photo shoot that Lea did for the new issue of Glamour UK! Orange is my all-time fave color and Lea looks stunning in it!

Gallery Links:
Loving Lea Michele > Outtakes > 2014 > 003



Legends of Oz: The Return of Dorothy | All New Trailer

Posted by Ali in Feb 28,2014 with Comments Off

Lea introduces an all new trailer released for her animated film “Legends of Oz: the Return of Dorothy” which hits theaters in May.



Lea on the cover of Glamour UK

Posted by Ali in Feb 28,2014 with Comments Off

Lea is featured on the cover of the April issue of Glamour UK. (LOVE the Orange!) She talks about Cory, her new album and her plans for the future.

Meet our April cover star – Lea Michele. In the issue, the 27-year-old Glee actress reveals what life is like after the sad death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith, last summer.

Talking about her loss, she said: “I immediately started to try and process everything. I didn’t drown myself in anything toxic. Now I feel a little bit more back together and I have this blank canvas in front of me, which is what my life can be. At the start, it’s hard because you’re so physically and mentally shocked and damaged, but after a while you get tired of physically feeling so horrendous, so I started doing yoga, which really helped. Then gradually your mind catches up with your body. Now I feel a little bit more back together and I have this blank canvas in front of me, which is what my life can be. There’s something sad about that but also something good, because I will take that blank canvas and make something beautiful out of it.”

Lea Michele, who is currently promoting her debut album Louder (out 17 March), says she feels like Cory is with her every day.

“Every day when I go running, I feel like he’s pushing me to run harder. I’m just so glad we’re in a new year. I feel physically and emotionally very strong. You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be. I lost my grandfather a couple of years ago and I always feel that he’s watching over me. I feel the exact same way about Cory. Every day when I go running, I feel like he’s pushing me to run harder.”

Lea also revealed that she and Cory had big plans for the future before his death.

I feel like I was given the best part of Cory and I’m thankful for that. We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old and who would be fat and how we would stay thin. We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We were done. We were it. When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything. But today I feel like I was given the best part of Cory and I’m thankful for that.”

Is she ready to date? Not yet, she wants to make sure she’s 100% before getting back out there.

“I’ve only ever had serious relationships so it’s an adjustment putting myself back into a place of being alone. And I was under a Cory Monteith spell…it’ll take time to readjust my mind and I’m really not wanting to do that right now. I feel like it’s so important to make sure that I’m 100% OK before I can get into a relationship. But people have to understand that I can’t be alone forever. Cory wouldn’t want that.”



Louder Album Listening Party

Posted by Ali in Feb 28,2014 with Comments Off

In anticipation of the release of her new album, Louder; Lea held a listening party and did a Q&A with fans this week. I have added pictures from the event to the gallery!

Gallery Links:
Loving Lea Michele > 2014 > February 26 | Louder Listening Party & Q and A



Lea Michele: ‘I’m So Grateful I Experienced True Love’

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

People shares this article where Lea talks how grateful she was for the love she shared with Cory Monteith.

For millions of Glee fans, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele will always be the quarterback and the diva – a picture perfect TV pair. Since Monteith’s death last July from a toxic cocktail of heroin and alcohol, Michele’s fans are wondering how she’s doing.

Though she’s spoken about her grief before, Michele, 27, was able to open up through her music at a small listening party for her first album, Louder, held in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

In the days following Monteith’s passing, Michele spoke about meeting songwriter Sia Furler, who let her listen to the song “Cannonball.”

“I just literally keeled over,” Michele said. “Grief is a very scary thing, and there comes a point where it can really take you down.” The song, which features inspirational lyrics – “And now I will start living today, I’ve got this new beginning and I will fly,” she sings – is the first song on the album.

“When I heard ‘Cannonball,’ it lifted me up. It was what I needed to get through my difficult situation.”

“A lot of people don’t know how to touch this situation. It’s like walking on eggshells,” she continued. “It puts it all out there. It’s really hard, we’re not denying that it’s hard, and we’re gonna get through it … I really hope it helps people the way it helps me.”

Though most of the album was finished by last June, Michele explained the release was delayed, allowing her to add both “Cannonball” and “If You Say So” which pleads, “And I can’t get away / From the burning pain / I lie awake / The fallen hero / Haunts my thoughts / How could you leave me this way?”

As for her favorite song “You’re Mine,” also written by Furler, Michele said, “It’s really about making that commitment in your relationship. I’m so grateful to get to say that I experienced true love and I think that a lot of people unfortunately don’t. They’ll go a whole lifetime without this experience. I did and I consider myself so lucky. It takes me back to the best time of my life, so whenever I need to remember that, I play that song.”

Michele added, “If I’ve learned anything from this past year it’s that you have one life. I didn’t really understand what that meant until recently. You have to live your life to the fullest and you have to love as hard as you can love.”

While the songs are reflective, Michele also emphasized that’s there’s plenty of pop on the album.

“A lot of the songs are pop heavy, which is what I wanted. I’m a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.”

In the end, “It’s really been the greatest medicine for me.”



Lea Michele Talks New Album: “Emotional, Powerful, Freeing”

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

MTV Australia shared some of Lea’s thoughts on her new album, Louder!

The star reveals the inspiration behind her new album ‘Louder’ on Facebook…

Lea Michele has celebrated the launch of her brand new album ‘Louder’ by hosting an exclusive Facebook Q & A with her adoring fans.

Taking to the social media website yesterday, fans were given the opportunity to ask the ‘Glee’ star questions about her latest album as well as some candid questions about her private life.

When asked what her favourite track is, Michele told fans it was the moving tribute she wrote for her late boyfriend and ‘Glee’ fan favourite, Cory Montheith.

“I have so many favorite songs but I really love ‘You’re Mine.’ It is really special to me.” Michele wrote.

“Having the opportunity to be creative I have the opportunity to record for glee every week but this experience gave me a chance to bring my own personal experience into the music.” She wrote to another fan. “ It was extremely cathartic and enjoyable!”

The singer also teased at a new music video after her recent ‘Cannonball’ clip, “Absolutely!! I loved making the Cannonball video and I can’t wait to make my next video soon.” She explained.

While the star proceeded to answer any question fans posted from the trivial “what’s your favourite food?” – Which is ‘NY Pizza’ by the way- to her favourite movie, she also spoke about a possible tour coming up.

When asked about her next move, the star replied, “Getting the chance to travel worldwide to meet you all!”



Louder | If You Say So

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

The newest song from Louder has been released, “If You Say So.” This song is beautiful and haunting. This is the song that Lea wrote in memory of Cory.

Here are the lyrics.

It’s been seven whole days, seven whole days
Since you paralyzed me
Seven whole days, seven whole days
Since you lost your fight
And I can’t get the last words that you said
Can’t get those words out of my head
Seven whole days, seven whole days and four words
And I can’t get away from the burning pain, I lie awake.
And the fallen hero haunts my thoughts
How could you leave me this way?
It’s been seven whole days without your embrace
I wanna see your face
I got some things to say
Was just a week ago
You said I love you girl
I said I love you more
And a breath, a pause, you said, if you say so
If you say so
If you say so
It’s been seven whole days, seven whole days
Since I heard the phone ring
Seven whole days, seven whole days
Since I heard your voice
And I can’t get the last words that you said
Can’t get those words out of my head
It’s been seven whole days, seven whole days of pure hurt
And I can’t get away from the burning pain, I lie awake.
And the fallen hero haunts my thoughts
How could you leave me this way
It’s been seven whole days without your embrace
I wanna see your face
I got some things to say
Was just a week ago
You said I love you girl
I said I love you more
And a breath, a pause, you said, if you say so
If you say so
If you say so
I can’t believe it’s true
I keep looking for you
I check my phone and wait to hear from you in a crowded room
The joker is so cruel
And now I’ll never know if all I’ve been told is just a lie so bold
I thought we would grow old
Mirrors in the smoke
Left me here to choke
It’s been seven whole days without your embrace
I wanna see your face
I got some things to say
Was just a week ago
You said I love you girl
I said I love you more
And a breath, a pause, you said, if you say so
If you say so
If you say so



Next on Glee | Trio

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

Tina, Blaine and Sam plan a senior lock-in to celebrate their upcoming graduation, but things go awry when Becky joins them. Meanwhile, Elliot finds himself in the middle of Rachel and Santana’s fight.