Lea Michele’s upcoming debut album, Louder, is a constant reminder of her relationship with late boyfriend Cory Monteith – and that’s because the actor shared his input throughout the entire recording process.
In a radio interview with Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show today, the brunette star admitted that her Glee co-star was heavily involved.
“When Cory passed away in July, we sort of stopped and looked at the record and thought, ‘Well is there anything now that we want to change of add?’ It was so perfect the way it was,” she shared. “What I love so much about the album, with the exception of two songs he heard every single song.
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“He was like my biggest fan and critic and he loved every song!" she added. "He would give me all his notes and I took every one into consideration.”
Lea, who released her first single “Cannonball” last week, revealed her album is scheduled for release on March 4, a day that holds much meaning for the star.
“For me, it means so much. You march forth in life. You have to. It just seems so positive to me,” said the 27-year-old, who’s also set to release her first book, Brunette Ambition, in 2014.
Cory passed away from an accidental drug and alcohol overdose in July. Lea recalled that time and explained how much she appreciated having her Glee family around.
“I’m just really grateful for them and what we do every day we do in memory and we’re really proud of that work we do for our fans and for our show,” she said.
Glee is scheduled to air its 100th episode in March. Most of the show’s original stars will return for the special.
“It’s been really great,” Lea said of their success. “I think that Glee has really opened the doors to really bringing music into people’s homes…I’m really thankful for what we did.”
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Though Lea misses Cory every single day, she’s focused on moving her life forward.
“I think that everything that I have been through, I have an opportunity right now to be a good role model and be a good sort of person,” she said. “I have amazing fans that have really supported me in everything that I have do, so if I have the opportunity right now to be inspiring or encouraging for anyone – make something positive out of it.”
Lea will perform "Cannonball," which premiered on the Elvis Duran and Z100 Morning Show today, for the first time on The X Factor finale Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
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