Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks helps Lea Michele through “the worst year of my life”
Since her boyfriend Cory Monteith passed away in July, Lea Michele has received many supportive words, some from none other than Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks!
Shortly after his death, and as Lea was finishing up her debut album ‘Louder,’ she received an encouraging phone call and letter from the ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’ singer.
“I had the pleasure of having Miss Stevie Nicks call me when Cory passed away and she was so wonderful. She sent me the most beautiful letter, as well a necklace that was hers and a book, a beautiful book of pictures,” she told MTV News on Tuesday.
“She's so insightful, she's so incredible. She wrote to me in this letter, that I will find strength through my music and at the time it was very early in everything and it was sort of hard to grasp on to the fact that anything could help [me cope with Monteith's death].
“But she was right. [Music] is and it has and it will continue to be my source of strength in all of this,” she continued.
In the interview the ‘Glee’ star also opened up about her inspirations for ‘Louder,’ saying that she originally wanted to give her fans something fun.
“At the time, when I started making the record, I was in a wonderful place in my life. I had been living in L.A. for a while, 'Glee' was great and I had a wonderful boyfriend. I just wanted a fun record that people could kind of dance around in their room to and play for the summer,” she said.
After Cory passed away Lea headed back into the studio to add some tributes for him to the album, like the song ‘If You Say So.’
“I realized that A., I'm a very emotional singer and B., I've always been very open with my fans. I'm a very open person.
“It just so happens that these songs came that I connected to and I started writing stuff that was super personal to me. Eventually, I started feeling like I didn't feel comfortable singing a song that didn't mean something to me,” she said.
The 27-year-old also talked about collaborating with Sia, who contributed a few songs to the album, including one of Lea’s favourites, ‘Cannonball.’
“I owe so much to [Sia]. I think we just click. It was beyond an honor to sing her songs. To get to have the honor of her helping me to write 'If You Say So,' no one else could have done that. I'm very thankful to her because, as hard as it is, I have that song and it means so much to me.
“It has been, by far, in all honestly, the worst year of my life and I'm thankful that this [song 'Cannonball'] is out now to create some light and positivity and joy at the end of the year.
“I think that somehow through all of that, this [song] came out and it is an incredible representation of who I am, what I feel and how I'd like to come out of the gate as an artist. And I don't know how that happened in the midst of everything that went down, but it did."
‘Louder’ is set to be released in March next year.