"[At first,] I wanted to just give [my fans] something fun," Lea tells MTV News. "At the time, when I started making the record, I was in a wonderful place in my life. I had been living in L.A. for a while, Glee was great, and I had a wonderful boyfriend. I just wanted a fun record that people could kind of dance around in their room to and play for the summer."
After Cory died, Lea added two songs, "Cannonball" — the first single — and "If You Say So," which both are about dealing with Cory's loss. "As it sort of progressed, I realized that A., I'm a very emotional singer and B., I've always been very open with my fans," she explains. "I'm a very open person. And it just so happens that these [two new] songs came that I connected to, and I started writing stuff that was super personal to me."
"Eventually, I started feeling like I didn't feel comfortable singing a song that didn't mean something to me," Lea says.