Lea ‘proud of album’

Lea Michele

Lea Michele is “so proud” of her debut album Louder.

The record was released Monday and quickly made its way to the top of the iTunes charts.

According to Lea, Louder is well worth the wait and she is incredibly thrilled for fans to hear it.

“I think for a really long time, I made this record and I finished it in June and it got postponed and it was taking a very long time to make it and I started to think maybe I made this album for myself and my friends to like listen to in the car and play for my family and then two days ago I was like, ‘It’s coming out,’ ” she told MTV News. “Everyone’s going to hear it now and then I got scared, but I’m really, really proud of it.”

Lea, 27, has spoken before about how some of the songs on her album are inspired by late boyfriend Cory Monteith, who tragically passed away in July 2013.

The track If You Say So, co-written by Sia, was about the last conversation she ever had with the actor, and she found writing a song about it was very therapeutic.

“I think at the time it was really early and everything, so I really don’t even remember a lot of what I was feeling back then,” Lea said. “But I’m just thankful now, I think in any sense, whether it’s difficult or whether it’s good, music is such therapy, so for me this album as a whole has been very therapeutic and each song has helped me in a different way.”

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