Lea Michele will "march forth" after Cory Monteith's death

Dec 16, 2013 at 10:54 p.m. ET

Lea Michele had a startling revelation when the release date for her new album Louder was revealed.

Lea MicheleWhen a terrible tragedy befalls someone, they often look for a sign that everything is going to be OK. For Lea Michele, that sign came in a most unexpected way.

In a radio interview with Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show, Michele revealed not just the release date of her upcoming album Louder but also that it, and her first single "Cannonball," have been instrumental in dealing with her grief over the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith. In fact, that album release date is incredibly symbolic to her.

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"March 4th. It's my favorite day of the year," Michele explained. "I love March 4th. For me, it means so much. You march forth in life. You have to. It just seems so positive to me… I didn't pick the day, I had a day in my mind but I got an email and they were like 'Oh, it's going to come out March 4th' and I was like 'That is so meant to be.' It so, it just feels so right to me, so that's sort of been the theme of everything right now: to march forth with such strength, so that's what I'm trying to do."

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And it turns out that Monteith had already given his blessing on most of the songs on the album.

"When Cory passed away in July we sort of stopped and looked at the record and thought, 'Well is there anything now that we want to change or add?'" she recalled. "It was so perfect the way it was. What I love so much about the album, with the exception of two songs, he heard every single song. He was like my biggest fan and critic and he loved every song! He would give me all of his notes and I took every one into consideration."

"'Cannonball' — immediately I had a physical reaction to this song," she explained of the tune written by Sia around the time of Monteith's death. "It's more than just a song for me. It has helped me so much in this process personally. It's given me strength; it's given me hope. I get upset thinking about it, it's really inspiring."

Michele once again gave props to her friends and family who have supported her during this terrible time.

"I feel really thankful for the great people that I have in my life. To be able to continue to work and have things that I'm really proud of, I think that everything that I have been through, I have an opportunity right now to be a good role model and be a good sort of person," she said. "I have amazing fans that have really supported me in everything that I have done, so if I have the opportunity right now to be inspiring or encouraging for anyone — make something positive out of it."

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