Lea Michele's new song is only for her and Cory Monteith

Feb 24, 2014 at 7:02 p.m. ET

Lea Michele is using her new album as a sort-of-tribute to Cory Monteith, and opens up about losing the love of her life.

Lea Michele
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At only 27 years old, Lea Michele has been through a lot. But it has caused her to be mature beyond her years.

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The singer has a new album out next month and is proud of the sounds she has created.

"I started working with Anne Preven, Felicia Barton and Bonnie McKee right out of the gate, and we came up with some great, awesome pop songs," Michele told V Magazine in their new issue. "But closer to the beginning of this year — four or five months into making the album — the label was like, 'this is great, but we need more of you in here. You sound like you're singing awesome songs that are similar to Katy [Perry] or Kiely [Williams]. We need more Lea Michele.'"

The album was mostly finished back in June 2014, but a tragedy changed everything. When Michele's boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died in July, the singer decided to look at her album and change things. She added the songs "Cannonball," "You're Mine" and "If You Say So," written about her boyfriend.

"It's the only song that no one's heard," she said. "I can't talk about it until people hear it. I just feel like people should hear it and I don't know if I'm ever going to talk about it. It's just one of those things where I understand what it means and you can take it or leave it. That song is for me."

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Besides her album, Michele also has a book out. In Brunette Ambition, she talks about how she doesn't fit in with the Hollywood lifestyle, so her friends call her "grandma."

"I wanted to show young girls that you don't need to fit in with everyone and do what all the cool kids are doing," she said. "My drive and focus have gotten me to where I am."

Michele's album Louder will be out March 4.