Lea Michele is taking us to a whole new place. The Glee artist released her sophomore album, Places, on Friday and is about to start her Intimate Evening Tour, starting on May 1st.
Amidst the fuzz of her new album, the actress and singer recently spoke about her fit lifestyle, her personal life and what we can expect from Places.
It’s Lea’s Time To Shine
Lea Michele has long waited for this album, and now she’s taking off her solo career. Even when this is not her first album, she sure looks at it in a different way.
The actress starred as Rachel Berry on Ryan Murphy‘s Glee from 2009 to 2015. The show became a cultural phenomenon that produced smashing soundtracks, therefore it required many hours of studio sessions.In that period Lea released her first album, Louder, on Columbia Records which was released simultaneously with her Glee covers. The album sold over 100k copies to date.
Since then the actress starred on Scream Queens and just when we thought she had given into her music, she released Places.
She said, “I’ve been working on this album for three years. I really took my time before I started recording this record, and I decided to just go back to who I am. I grew up performing on Broadway and singing these big songs, listening to Barbra Streisand.”
Lea Michele album is a return to her Broadway roots after all the talented actress/singer debuted at the shortage of 8 years old in Broadway’s Les Misérables.The album finds her in a pretty good shape and place, and the songs in it express this in a personal way. after all, music is her best way to express, “I try to keep my life as private as I can, but my music is where I really open up, and maybe we’ll Taylor Swift a few people left and right.”
She said, “I feel like I’m in such an incredible place in my life right now, and there’s definitely those personal songs on the album and especially my concerts. I break down the songs and I tell everyone what they’re about, so that’s where I get really personal and that’s where I open up.”
The album is bound to be quite different from her 2014 Louder, which had more of a pop sound, however, pop it does include some pop songs.
“We have two songs that veer a little bit more in the pop direction, but for the most part, I sat back and listened to all of the songs that I grew up listening to, and most of them were Celine Dion, four-minute-long vocal Olympics, ” she says.
“This is a vocal album, and there are definitely love songs in there, but there’s also a sense of freedom. I went back and listened to all of the divas that I loved, and tried to find how that music resonates for me, in 2017.”
If you wonder what’s with the name, why Places? Well, when it came to deciding a name for her album, Lea called her bestie Jonathan Groff and asked him to help her with a word or phrase from their time in Broadway. And he came up with places which as Lea explains, “When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear ‘Places, everyone!’ And that means it’s showtime.”
Reflecting on her personal life
As part of the promotion for her new album the singer has had a couple of interviews and she revealed the secret for her incredible body.Besides working out a lot, she would never be down for a soda or candy, instead, she loves eating clean and healthy.
She said to People, “I’m good in the sense that I’ve never eaten fast food. I do not drink soda. I don’t eat candy. Then she added, “I love working out. I work out to feel good, but also so I can eat whatever I want. I want to be able to enjoy myself. I’m Italian. I like to eat big meals. I love red wine.”
And we can see that absolutely works for her. Recently she discussed on The Ellen Degeneres Show a series of pictures of herself on different beds where she keeps getting more and more naked.She said, “It started very simple. [Photographer] Mario Testino has the Towel Series where he has celebrities take pictures in towels, so I did my sort of lamer version — the Bed Series — of traveling all the time and being in different beds.”
Now, it has evolved into a whole team helping her to get set for the pictures.
Lea also reflected on her time as Rachel Berry on Friday’s Today. The actress had nothing but sweet things to say about her, “She was so special. That character was so wonderful and that was such an important show, and people still love it and watch it — I do.”