Lea Michele gave her heart and soul into her new album Places, and that’s good enough for her!
Above anything else, the 30-year-old defines herself a live performer due to her Broadway background. Although she didn’t get the opportunity to perform many songs off of her debut Louder, that’s going to change with her upcoming LP.
“I’m a live singer, I come from Broadway, that’s what I do!… I didn’t really have the opportunity to perform [the Louder] songs for people and get on a stage. Now, I’ve had the time to sit back and go, ├óΓé¼╦£Who am I? What is my voice? I don’t want to sound like anyone else but me.’… Fuck it if people don’t like it… This record deserves all of my time and care, and that’s what I plan on doing this year.”‘
In the interview, the Scream Queens actress says she came up with the title of her latest project from a book given to her by Stevie Nicks.
“I was looking through this book and praying that there was an answer in it, somewhere. And there was something in there that said, ├óΓé¼╦£The only thing that matters is you, and who you are.’ That’s what I’ve been trying to do with this whole record — just connect to me and where I’m from.”‘
With this piece of advice, she called BFF Jonathan Groff where she was able to find exactly what she was looking for.
“I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£What’s something from our time in New York ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a word, or a phrase, or something that is from theater, or from us?’ And he said, ├óΓé¼╦£What about “Places?’ When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear ├óΓé¼╦£Places everyone!’ And that means it’s showtime.”‘
In terms of the album’s sound, Miz Michele stuck to her roots and was inspired by music she listened to as a child.
“We have two songs that veer a little bit more in the pop direction, but for the most part, I sat back and listened to all of the songs that I grew up listening to, and most of them were Celine Dion, four-minute-long vocal Olympics… This is a vocal album, and there are definitely love songs in there, but there’s also a sense of freedom. I went back and listened to all of the divas that I loved, and tried to find how that music resonates for me, in 2017.”
Oh, the Places Lea will go!
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