Lea Michele's Debut Single: 'More Than Just a Song to Me'
In an interview with People.com, Glee star Lea Michele spoke about how her music and her family helped her get through a very difficult period of her life. "My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they've been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need," the actress commented at yesterday's L'Oreal Women of Worth event.
The 27-year-old will release the first single, titled 'Cannonball' off her debut album, on December 10th. She shared that the tune helped her get through the tragic loss of Glee co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental drug overdose in July. [The single is] "more than just a song to me. It completely helped to lift me up at a time where I needed it," she explained. "Music can really help you in times of need, and that's what this song did for me and I hope that's what it does for others as well."
Recording the song was a difficult and emotional process for the Broadway vet. "I brought my dad to the studio and he cried the entire time," she said, "But for me it's been very empowering. I've used this song as a rock."
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Michele debuted on Broadway in 1995 as a replacement for the role of Young Cosette in the original New York production of LES MISERABLES. Following her theatrical debut in LES MISERABLES, Michele was cast in the role of Tateh's daughter, the Little Girl, in the 1998 original Broadway cast of Ragtime and in 2004, Michele portrayed "Shprintze" and "Chava" in the Broadway revival of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Michele originated the role of Wendla in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical version of Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2006. Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Spring Awakening in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
In early 2009, Michele won the role of Rachel Berry on the FOX television SMASH hit, Glee (2009) and since the show's premiere on May 19, 2009, Michele has since received worldwide critical and public acclaim for her performance on the show.
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