Lea Michele’s solo career is off to a solid start. Her debut album hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first day. The New Jersey native returned to her home state to show her fans some love.
So how does it feel to have all these fans chanting her name?
“I was really nervous because I thought no one would show up today I thought it would only be my family so it really means a lot to me,” she said.
More than just a few family members came out to support Lea Michele as she signed copies of her debut album “Louder” in Paramus.
Five years after singing her way into our hearts as Rachel Berry on “Glee,” she’s finding her voice as a solo artist.
“On Glee I do all covers of other people’s music,” Michele said. “So, this was the opportunity for me to sing my words, and my emotions, and my stories. It’s very personal. It comes with a lot more pressure.”
The soprano has been belting out Broadway tunes since she was 8, but waited to release a record until the timing was right. Making the album took a year and a half. Within that time Michele was blindsided by the tragic passing of her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith last July. She added the heartbreaking ballad “if you say so” after his death to reflect on the last moments she shared with him.
As Michele lays the groundwork for life after “Glee,” she’s found a die-hard fan base that will follow.
What inspires Michele? Her fans.
“I’m constantly trying to grow as an artist and having the support from my fans is so wonderful,” she says.
While the rest of the world is busy fangirling over Jennifer Lawrence, it looks like celebrities aren’t immune either. Lea Michele revealed her ultimate girl crush on JLaw telling us, “I love her and everything that she does. She’s incredible!”
The Glee mega superstar hasn’t even met Jennifer yet, but here’s what she’d tell her, “Let’s be best friends. Maybe we would spontaneously combust, because I feel like we’re very similar.”
We’re not sure they would actually combust, but with the force of these two ah-mazing leading ladies getting together, there’s no doubt they’d probably break the Internet just with the snap of one single selfie. All we can say is: how do we join in on this epic BFF sesh?!
Michele tells MTV News about the emotional base of Louder, out Monday (March 3).
For years, people have known Lea Michele as Rachel Berry from “Glee,” but now they are getting to know Michele as her own artist. And so far, people like what they hear.
On Monday (March 3), Michele dropped her much anticipated debut album, Louder, on the same day Pharrell and Rick Ross released their project. It found its way to the top of the iTunes album charts fairly quickly.
In this week’s picks, Broadway.com included Lea’s debut album!
BLAST LEA MICHELE’S “LOUDER”
Album hits store shelves March 3
Spring Awakening-sweetheart-turned-Glee-superstar Lea Michele’s debut album officially drops, and after getting a preview on iTunes, we can already tell “On My Way” is our new workout song, “Louder” is an awesome driving track and “What Is Love?” will be reserved for bawling-our-eyes-out sob sessions. Buy the album!
Here’s two new videos of Lea talking to E!News during the ‘Louder’ Listening Party. Click on ‘Continue Reading’ to watch the second video.
In her new V Magazine shoot, Lea poses in Vionnet and DKNY bodysuits and shows off some of her own jewelry. In this intimate interview, Lea opens up about her tragic 2013 and talks in depth about her debut album, Louder.
You can read the full interview here.
Wednesday February 26th, Lea Michele had a listening session for her album Louder, which debuts next week. Press from People magazine, Pop Sugar, Hollywire, Pulse Recording and many others joined Lea in a two hour long event in which she played all of her songs and talked about each one in an intimate interview.
“The first thing I notice about Lea Michele is that she has perfect eyebrows. They are strong, angular, and likely shaped for the day, since we’re meeting on the set of her music video shoot for the first single “Cannonball,” off her debut album, Louder. The tea-cup petite singer is taking a lunch break, a delectable-looking mélange of cubed tofu and tangled kale with a smattering of quinoa set before her. Glee’s leading glamour gal tells me she’s a vegetarian most of the time (“I eat fish occasionally”). Her bright eyes and springy skin attest to it—or maybe she just has dynamite genes.” …
Rachel Berry’s Fanny (Brice, of course) is finally ready her closeup.
In the first of two exclusive first-look photos, Glee‘s leading lady (played by Lea Michele) channels her inner Barbra Streisand and participates in a photo shoot promoting her starring role in a Broadway revival of Funny Girl.
The second image obtained by TVLine for your viewing pleasure finds Rachel’s roomie Santana (Naya Rivera) auditioning for — and landing — a gig as Ms. Berry’s understudy.
The aptly titled “Frenemies,” which serves as Glee‘s spring premiere and marks the show’s return to a Tuesday timeslot, airs Feb. 25 at 8/7c on Fox.
TVLine’s own Matt Mitovich recently reported that the subsequent tension between Rachel and Santana will “turn violent” and significantly alter their current living situation.
Lea was voted #48 on AskMen’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2014 list!
Why is Lea Michele desirable?
If there’s any reason to watch Glee, it’s Lea Michele. The beautiful brunette has been turning heads since the show’s premiere in 2009, but it wasn’t until she posed in that infamous GQ spread with her costars that we really took notice. After suffering the death of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, last summer, Michele is bouncing back with an album scheduled for release in March.
“There is an empowerment that comes with grief — at some point, you find it.”