Lea Michele’s (Rachel) debut single, “Cannonball,” is already flying to the top of the charts, but the song’s guaranteed status as a chart topper isn’t what makes the Glee star love it so much.

In a recent interview with MTV News, Lea revealed just how personal “Cannonball,” which was added as a last minute addition to the album, really is for her and how it helped her recover from the loss of her longtime boyfriend, Cory Monteith.

“We just were talking and seeing if we wanted to add anything to the record,” Lea told MTV News. “Cory had heard every song from the album, obviously with the exception of those two [‘Cannonball’ and ‘If You Say So’]. And I figured I had the opportunity, if I want to add anything, and we sat down and we came up with ‘If You Say So,’ which is a very, very, very personal, it’s a very personal and it’s a very intense song for me, that’s one thing.”

Lea sat down with Australian songwriter Sia to pen the final two songs of the album.

“[Sia] said to me, ‘How do you feel in this moment?’ and I said ‘I just feel like grief is the hardest thing in the whole world. And you have the opportunity, at a certain point, to either let it kind of take you down or try your best to rise,’” Lea said. “And I said, ‘I need to get out and I need to move forward in his memory and do everything I can for him.’”

Adding that even her dad cried when he heard the song in the recording studio, Lea admitted that she had a strong response to the song.

“The minute I heard the song, I had a physical reaction to it,” she said. “For me, it’s been my strength. I listen to it every day. I know it was brought into my life for a reason. It’s really been so helpful for me and I hope it’s the same for other people as it’s been for me.”

The singer-actress hopes that others can find the song as helpful as she has when dealing with their own struggles.

“I just felt that ‘Cannonball’ was the perfect song for people to hear from this record,” Lea added. “It just really explains where I am right now and it’s been such an inspirational song for me. It’s been such a rock, such a source of strength for me… I think the great thing is that it’s such a universal song. It certainly helped me with my loss that I’m dealing with and I think it will translate and help people with whatever they need it for. I hope it gives them the strength that it’s given me.”

Source: MTV News