Glee star Lea Michele’s (Rachel) debut solo album of original songs has been completed for quite some time. However, the album won't be released until next year, as Lea has decided to add one more song in light of Cory Monteith's passing.
Lea has been planning out her album since last summer, and she started working on the tunes about a year ago, with a lot the album being recorded in the early months of 2013. However, when Cory passed away in July 2013, Lea realized she wanted to add a song in honor of him.
"The album was done, and the label said, ‘Do you want to add anything?’” Lea tells Elle magazine. At first, she thought she didn't want to, but then she changed her mind. "I was like, 'I might regret it if I don’t.'"
So Lea reached out to Australian singer-songwriter Sia, who as co-written and been featured on such recent hits as "Titanium" with David Guetta and "Wild Ones" with Flo Rida. Sia wrote five songs for Lea's album, and she co-wrote this new song with Lea.
The song for Cory is called "If You Say So," which is named for the final words Cory ever said to Lea. Yeah, just hearing the origin of that title is enough to make us sob. Lea recently got those words tattooed on her ribcage in Cory's memory.
Lea says she was having a tough time dealing with Cory's absence while working on the song. "I said [to Sia], 'I feel like I’m starting to just sink in it, and he would never want me to do that. I need to remember that you have to live, because you can want to die.'" The track isn't quite completed but will definitely be on the album, as will one more song written after Cory's death, called "Cannonball."
We continue to be in awe at how Lea is handling with everything, and we can't wait to hear this song when it's released next year.
Source: Elle magazine, print edition