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[‘Cannonball’] was my lifeline to recovery. […] When Sia played me that song, we were sitting down to write 'Hey You’ and, I don’t know if I told you this story the last time probably because, you know, it was such a crazy time, but we were sitting down to write 'Hey You’  and the album was complete and she went to go into the bathroom and her laptop was open and her songs were just on loop, and 'Cannonball’ came on. By the time she walked out of the bathroom I was in full tears and I was like, 'I need this song.’ And I came home to my mother and my best friend Jonathan [Groff], who were living with me at the time, and I turned to them and was like, 'I’m gonna be okay, starting now.’ And I needed to learn to walk again, and this song helped me.
—  Lea Michele

All the Songs Sia Has Written for Other Artists, Ranked | TIME.com

45. “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele
26. “Cannonball” by Lea Michele
23. “If You Say So” by Lea Michele

04. “Battlefield” by Lea Michele
Michele’s solo debut, Louder, didn’t get the kindest reviews when it dropped in 2014, but perhaps an EP of only the Sia cuts would have garnered more audible praise. The big-voiced Scream Queens star is about a perfect a match as you can get for Sia’s songwriting: that wail she lets out right before the chorus sounds like she’s about to burst into tears.

No, here’s, I wrote it - that’s why I gave her publishing. Because she - she told me the full story. She gave me all of every single..I didn’t want to pry, I didn’t know how much she wanted to tell me about everything that had gone down, its really up to her. How much she wants me to know and how much she’s going to allow me to express in the song. And she told me everything. […] I gave her some of the publishing because she gave me the story about everything that happened and I took everything she told me and turned it into a song. And every single thing in that song is true except for ‘its been 7 whole days’ because it had been 14 days. [We’re you happy with the way she sang it?] Beautiful, she killed it.
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Howard Stern asks Sia about writing If You Say So for Lea

“So when Lea comes to you and she says ‘write a song’, did you have it already written?”

Billboard - Lea Michele, 'Louder': Track-By-Track Review

Billboard - Lea Michele, ‘Louder’: Track-By-Track Review
Billboard Rating: 72 (out of 100)

“It’s more than just an album to me,” “Glee” star Lea Michele recently told Billboard about her debut album “Louder.” “It’s a piece of my life that I’m so glad is here for me to have for the rest of my life. Now that it’s coming out, it’s unbelievable.”



It’s easy to see why she’s so thrilled. Up until this point, Michele’s musical success has been confined to Broadway tunes and the cover songs “Glee” belts out. But with “Louder,” she’s looking to join the ranks of Katy, Miley and Taylor – and it’s not an unreasonable leap. “Glee” fans are pop fans, so why not mix the two?



The album benefits from Michele’s highly trained voice, and she doesn’t sound out of place within the context of the dance-oriented club anthems and soaring ballads that are the hallmark of “Louder.” But lyrically, “Louder” is rather one-sided, as she often sings about the perils of relationships, over and over, in ways that we’ve all heard many times at this point. Still, it’s a solid effort that shows she has promise as a bona fide pop artist. Next time, hopefully, she’ll dig deeper into the Lea soul.

Which songs on “Louder” deserve to be turned up? Check out our track-by-track review of Lea Michele’s debut LP.

1. Cannonball

Co-written by Sia and produced by Stargate, “Cannonball” is Michele’s lead single, and for good reason. It’s an anthemic pop song about overcoming obstacles and rising above set to a nice, mid-tempo beat. It’s not too clear why one would want to fly like a cannonball, as she suggests throughout, but the song sounds empowering, and that’s the point.

2. On My Way - Michele starts off with a slow, pouty vocal that quickly gives way to another club-oriented track that’s about returning to someone who’s not right for you. Sobriety and intoxication comparisons to love run rampant throughout, as she belts out that her “heart’s too drunk to drive” and she exists in a “blackout state of mind.”

3. Burn With You - By the third song, it’s easy to tell that Lea has love on her mind, and she revealed earlier this year to Teen Vogue that this track was her boyfriend Cory Monteith’s favorite. “Burn With You” starts off as a soft, folkie number that morphs into a slow, warbled beat; the song tells the tale of two lovers who may not be right for each other, with dramatic lines like “I don’t want to go to heaven if you’re going to hell/ I will burn with you.” Rachel Berry would be proud.

4. Battlefield

Ballads are a natural fit for Michele, and on the piano-based “Battlefield,” she demonstrates vocal restraint when there’s often temptation to go big on songs like this. It’s another song about falling in love and breaking hearts, where the battlefield is the struggle to let go. It’s sappy, but Michele owns songs like this.

5. You’re Mine

At first, “You’re Mine” sounds like a low-rent Broadway rip-off, but it quickly turns into one of the more musically complex songs of “Louder.” The foundation is a mid-tempo, hazy beat, that pairs well with Michele’s soaring vocals and subtle, lush orchestration.

6. Thousand Needles

“Thousand Needles” is the darkest-sounding song on “Louder,” starting off with low-key percussion and featuring the dramatic image of why losing someone is like “having a thousand needles in my heart.” More pain, more sorrow, more exhaustion.

7. Louder - Of the title track, Michele told Billboard that “It shows off my voice as a singer, which is really important to me. I want to make sure that every song on my record is fun and enjoyable.” This track, above all, is deeply enjoyable, and finds Michele once again singing about overcoming adversity. It’s a song that would fit well on your workout playlist.

8. Cue the Rain - By the eighth track, Michele has shown a range of pop styles that work well with her voice, and “Cue the Rain” is where the album starts to feel redundant. There’s more fire references, more soul-searching and more wrestling with growing apart in a relationship. But on the bright side, it’s one of two songs that Michele co-wrote, and it doesn’t seem out-of-place or awkward.


9. Don’t Let Go - If there was one song on “Louder” that could be cut, “Don’t Let Go” should’ve been let go. It’s another mid-tempo pop song that features bland imagery about flying high as a kite and holding on tight.

10. Empty Handed - If you like the idea of Michele sitting in with Coldplay, “Empty Handed” is your song. It’s a slow-building piano-pop rock tune about letting someone love you, and it’s one of the best songs – and a deserving potential single – from “Louder.”

11. If You Say So

The final track on “Louder” is the second song Michele co-wrote and is about Monteith’s death. It’s a devastating piano ballad that, naturally, feels the most personal, whereas a majority of “Louder” songs feel tailor-made for junior high dances.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/5922965/lea-michele-louder-track-by-track-review

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Happy to announce something I’ve been working on that’s finally become a physical reality. feels is a zine I’ve produced from submissions from all over the world celebrating the beauty of touch and feelings. As contributer Amanda Jasnowski beautifully summed up “without feeling there is nothing”. 

It will launch on Friday May 1st with an accompanying exhibition - featuring a mix of images from the zine and not, at The Mill Gallery, and be available online shortly after.

Featured Artists in the zine:
Cameron Williamson
Michael McCraw
Anne Erhard
Alice Blanch
Amanda Jasnowski
Nich McElroy
Lea Brinon
Vera Ada
Stephanie Mill
Lauren Miller
Trevor Powers
Victoria Doyle
Melissa Agate
Sid Black
Jonno Revanche
Lilly Buttrose
Marsmdl
Elif Araf Yalim

Exhibiting Artists:
Sia Duff
Fiona McQueen
Cameron Williamson
Anne Erhard
Alice Blanch
Amanda Jasnowski
Nich McElroy
Lea Brinon
Vera Ada
Stephanie Mill
Lauren Miller
Trevor Powers
Victoria Doyle
Sid Black
Jonno Revanche
Lilly Buttrose
Marsmdl
Elif Araf Yalim

THANK YOU to all that become involved. 
<3

Ps. Cover illustration by Olivia Roberts.

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Sia gave an interview to Howard Stern and there was Lea talk and play off of Lea’s album. Sia talks highly of Lea as well. (The whole interview is interesting but the Lea talk starts around the 51:00 mark).

After Lea Michele became Glee’s first breakout star, her debut solo LP, Louder, was highly anticipated. Her first single, “Cannonball,” was the perfect introduction to Michele’s new life as a pop diva. The 2014 album was originally intended for an earlier release, but a month after she wrapped the LP, her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith died tragically. Michele then met with Sia to finalize two more songs for the album, including “Cannonball,” which resonated with her struggle to overcome the loss. “I just felt that ‘Cannonball’ was the perfect first song for people to hear from this record,” she told MTV News. “It just really explains where I am right now and it’s been such an inspirational song for me. It’s been such a rock, such a source of strength for me.”
Album Review: Lea Michele's Louder

Album Review: Lea Michele’s Louder
The new record hits stores March 4

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Elyse Marrocco


Lea Michele first won our hearts playing Rachel Berry on the hit Fox show Glee, and now the powerhouse vocalist is gearing up to release her first ever pop album. Lead by the single “Cannonball,” the 14 track record, titled Louder, is set to release on March 4th. And lucky for you, we have already given it a spin. The verdict? Well, read below to find out.

To start, the EDM-ridden tracks come off a bit forceful, but when moments of heartfelt storytelling peak through, like in “Battlefield, “You’re Mine,” and “Empty Handed” (which you can only assume is about her late love, Cory Monteith), they shine bright and captivate listeners. The album is filled with tracks about love’s ups and downs, strong piano melodies, bass drops and other elements of today’s top 40 pop music.

“On My Way” takes us on a journey of love that most will associate with Monteith. With lyrics like “my heart’s too drunk to drive/ I should stay away from you tonight” over a thumping, dance and bass track, we learn about the beautiful carelessness Michele feels when it comes to falling in love.

In “Burn with You” the story of love gets more destructive. Accompanied by a deep, mid-tempo track filled with synths and string arrangements, Michele sings “I don’t want to go to heaven, if you’re going to hell/ I will burn with you, I will burn with you.” Michele’s voice is strong and passionate, and while a little too dramatic and theatrical at moments, causes emotions to stir.

The most heart wrenching, sentimental, and poignant song on the album is the ballad “If You Say So.” Written seven days after Monteith’s death, Michele seems most vulnerable here singing lyrics like “It’s been seven whole days, seven whole days since you paralyzed me/ seven whole days since you lost your fight… It was just a week ago/ You said, ‘I love you, girl’/ I said, 'I love you more than the breath of us’/ He said, 'If you say so.“

Asking, “How could you leave me this way?” adds to the anger, hopelessness and betrayal Michele mournfully and hauntingly portrays, and will easily leave the listener with chills.

While the album as a whole might come up short on the sonic side (Michele should maybe stay away from the “dropping of EDM beats”), the exposing lyrics hold it all together. The ballad dominated album, packed full with pounding piano chords and dramatic synths is all in all a strong debut for Michele and a nice peek into Michele’s mind.

Louder is available on iTunes March 4.