Monday, December 16, 2013


Lea Michele On Elvis Duran

Lea Michele visited Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show to discuss her debut single “Cannonball”. The “Glee” star talked about her upcoming album Louder, the success of Glee, life after the death of boyfriend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith, and her upcoming book Brunette Ambition. Lea’s visit was the radio world premiere for her single. Her album is currently available for pre-order, and “Cannonball” can be downloaded on iTunes and Amazon.

To see pictures from Lea’s visit, click here.

On the Glee cast after the passing of Cory Monteith

“You know, a lot of people, really sort of you know were, concerned about us going back to work and wondering what that would be like. But at the end of the day, you know, we are a family and we did go through this together so to be there everyday and to have the support from each other is so important. And like I said, I’m just really grateful for them and what we do everyday we do in memory and we’re really proud of the work that we do for our fans and for our show. You know, what we created I don’t think anyone will every be able to do again with a show, that you know, came from such an interesting concept, you know Ryan Murphy is such a genius. I’m just really proud of it.”

On staying positive and looking forward

“I feel really thankful for the great people that I have in my life. To be able to continue to work and have things that I’m really proud of, I think that everything that I have been through, I have an opportunity right now to be a good role model and be a good sort of person. I have amazing fans that have really supported me in everything that I have done, so if I have the opportunity right now to be inspiring or encouraging for anyone – make something positive out of it.”

On Glee’s success

“It’s been really great. I think that Glee has really opened the doors to really bringing, you know, music into people’s homes and now whether it’s in other films or other shows, I’m really thankful for what we did. It’s, like I said, opened people up to music again and that I’m really, really proud of.” 

On the release date of her album

“March 4th. It’s my favorite day of the year. I love March 4th. For me, it means so much. You march forth in life. You have to. It just seems so positive to me… I didn’t pick the day, I had a day in my mind but I got an email and they were like ‘Oh, it’s going to come out March 4th’ and I was like ‘That is so meant to be’. It so, it just feels so right to me, so that’s sort of been the theme of everything right now: to march forth with such strength, so that’s what I’m trying to do.” 

On changing the album after Cory Monteith’s death

“When Cory passed away in July we sort of stopped and looked at the record and thought, ‘Well is there anything now that we want to change or add?’ It was so perfect the way it was. What I love so much about the album, with the exception of two songs he [Cory Monteith] heard every single song. He was like my biggest fan and critic and he loved every song! He would give me all of his notes and I took every one into consideration.”

On debuting her single, ‘Cannonball’, on Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show

“I don’t want to get all cheesy and corny, but, like, it’s when you dream about something and it happens. It’s like this is it. This is a dream come true moment. That’s why you can’t say to yourself, ‘that will never happen’, because, oh my god, this stuff happens! It’s crazy. If you work hard and you really believe in it, it can really happen!”

On her why she chose “Cannonball” as her new single

“‘Cannonball’ – immediately I had a physical reaction to this song. It’s more than just a song for me. It has helped me so much in this process personally. It’s given me strength; it’s given me hope. I get upset thinking about it, it’s really inspiring 

On the sound of her album

“A year ago I really kind of sat down and I was like I’m ready to do this. I really know now what kind of songs I love to sing, what inspires me the most. So we decided to make this record and it took a lot of different turns and it went in a bunch of different directions sort of like, as far as the sound is concerned and then in the end, you know now I really feel like I can say, like, this album it sounds like me. I think at the end of the day you’re going to listen to it and you’re going to be like, ‘Oh, that’s like Lea Michele’. You know, it does have a lot of great inspirations from artists that I’m very inspired by like Kelly Clarkson, and Katy Perry, and Adele, but at the end of the day I think it just sounds like me.”

On her new book Brunette Ambition

“I really felt like along the way over these past 5 years of living in Los Angeles, and then prior to that, I have picked up some really cool things from great beauty tips and fashion stuff as well as you know, I think my story is kind of interesting. Coming from theater, [and] always being told, ‘You’re too ethnic for television, you’re not right for this, you’re not right for that’ and then all of a sudden landing on a television show and now being where I am. It shows you, you’ve got to move just forward in life and not listen to the things that people say.”

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