Recently we interviewed actress and singer Lea Michele, who stars as Rachel Berry on the TV show “Glee,” at Sirius XM studios in Manhattan. She has just released her new album, “Louder,” and it’s wonderful.
The type of music Lea Michele writes is pop music. We asked her about the songs on the album, and Lea said: “Some of the music is based on events in my life. Some songs are about love. Other songs are ones you can hear while hanging out with your friends.”
Lea told us her favorite songs are “On My Way” and “Louder” because those songs are all about having lots of fun. Lois’ and Jason’s favorite song is “Cannonball.” Rebecca likes “Burn With You” and Harrison’s favorite song is “Battlefield.” “Cannonball’s” message is to go for your dreams, no matter what. “Burn With You” and “Battlefield” is about Lea’s loved ones and how she will follow them anywhere, no matter what.
We think everyone should buy this album to hear Lea’s amazing songs and her pretty voice. All four of us liked the CD and think she is just about the best singer and songwriter.
But Lea is not just about singing: She also wrote a book, “Brunette Ambition” (Crown Publishing Group). It is a great book and it has many stories about her life, so if you’re a big fan of hers, you should definitely check it out. You’ll probably find out many things about her life you never knew, like what she likes to eat (there are many recipes in the book).
We asked her which recipe she would choose to have on a daily basis. Lea laughed and said, “Definitely the grilled cheese with jalapeños. It’s very, very spicy — probably too spicy for you, unless you love spicy foods!” Some other recipes in the book are the French lentil soup, her favorite pizza recipe, and much more.
We asked her how she felt before her book came out and Lea said, “It was very scary because I didn’t know what people would think about my book.”
We asked Lea what piece of advice she would give to someone who wants to be an actor and she said, “You should go for your dream 100 percent, not 99 percent, but 100 percent.”
Music producer Adam Anders, works with Lea on Glee since the beginning of the show and he talked about Lea’s solo album in an interview for AfterBuzz TV’s Chatting With Cathy.
“It’s overdue. I think we all wanted it earlier, faster.
To [Lea’s] credit, she wasn’t going to do it until she was ready, and she didn’t care for the fact of her sales, she was like, ‘I’m not ready.’
We were pushing her to do it after Season One; the head of the label and I were like, ‘Come on; let’s do this,’ and we had it all mapped out for her. And it would have been massive, of course.
But for her, no; she wanted to focus on what she was doing, and I think that was the right call for her. But I’m really happy that’s she’s done it, and it’s really good, and she’s enjoying it. She wouldn’t have enjoyed it if she did it then; it was too much, it was too crazy — tours with Glee — it was just insane.
I think it felt like a cash grab for her then. Now it’s artistry. It’s the real deal.”
Back in 2010, when asked about making a solo album, here’s what Lea had said:
“I think it’s definitely in my future, but that’s a really big commitment. (Her ‘Glee’ character) Rachel’s my baby, and making an album would be like taking care of another baby. And I’m not really ready to have another kid yet!”
For us fans, it was a long wait, but it was so worth it! We’re so proud of Lea and everything she has archieved!
Triple-Threat Michele Shares Her Life Lessons with Fans
Actress and singer Lea Michele has traveled a long road from her Bronx schoolgirl days to her starring role on Broadway in Spring Awakening and her Emmy-, SAG-, and Golden Globe–nominated work on Fox’s hit show Glee. In Michele’s first book, Brunette Ambition—an illustrated memoir, how-to, and style guide, which debuts at #9 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list—she shares tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and careers, offering step-by-step exercise routines, makeup instructions, lists of her favorite things (her ideal Sunday, her favorite movie snacks), and plenty of behind-the-scenes photos. In PW’s review, we wrote, “Michele’s warm, easygoing tone and colorful anecdotes will appeal to her devoted fan base.” Devoted indeed. Fans lined up early the day of each launch event at Books and Greetings in New Jersey (with over 700 in attendance) and Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles. For her appearance at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square, best friend and fellow actor Jonathan Groff joined Michele for a lively conversation in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Her promotional appearances for the book have also included Good Morning America, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Dr. Oz Show, The Chew, Chelsea Lately, and Watch What Happens Live, in addition to several radio interviews. —Jessamine Chan
Lea’s book Brunette Ambition ranked at #3 on New York Times Best Sellers List! Congrats Lea!
ADVICE, HOW-TO & MISCELLANEOUS
3. BRUNETTE AMBITION, by Lea Michele. (Crown Archetype.) The actress reflects on managing a harried life.
And Brunette Ambition ranked at #9 on the ‘U.S. Best-sellers list‘ We’re so proud of you, Lea!