There was a time when Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel) just wanted her first original album, Louder, to be something her fans could dance to in their underwear. Her album had already been completed before Cory Monteith (Finn) passed away in July 2013, but once he died, Lea decided to make some changes to it.
"[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.
Source: MTV News