After dropping the empowering lead single, "Cannonball" last week, "Glee" star Lea Michele is preparing to make the full transition to pop singer on her debut album, Louder, and she admits she's feeling the pressure.
"It's really scary 'cause this is all me. But I think that this is the obvious, like, natural next step. I think that 'Glee' is the greatest blessing that's ever come into my life," she told MTV News. "I am so grateful to [show creator] Ryan Murphy and to, especially, to Adam and Alex Anders, who are the two guys we work on the music with. These guys have made so many dreams come true for me and they've helped me create such an awesome platform to continue in my life and accomplish more of my dreams."
And while fans know her small-screen persona Rachel Berry pretty intimately after five seasons of shenanigans on Fox, she says now it's time for them to know who she is as a person.
She explained, "What's funny I was talking to my mom and she's like 'This is the opportunity for people to really get to see you, who you are in a personal way,' " she said. "And I'm excited about that because I've played a character for so long, singing these cover songs, which has been so awesome, and now I'm kind if ready to let people know who Lea Michele really is."
With Louder only months away from its March 4 release, Michele broke down a bit of what fans will see when it drops.
"It's emotional and uplifting. It's empowering, and at the same time there's still those really great songs in it that are just fun and that are happy," she said of the album, which will also include two tracks written after the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith in July. "There's still those bright lights and those shining moments within the album. It's just a really an incredible, somehow, explanation of what this past year of my life has been like."
And, that means that when she gets the time, she also has plans to eventually take Louder out on the road.
"Hopefully, eventually, at some point I'll be able to tour," she said. "I know that 'Glee' we are so lucky to have the most incredible fanbase all over the world, so I really, really hope I get the opportunity soon to do a tour, to get to see all the fans all over the world and bring this album to them."