"Be loud, be bold, be yourself, whether or not people understand that message. That's what I think of when I think of the song and album," the "Glee" star tells Billboard.
"It finally feels real," Lea Michele tells Billboard about the upcoming release of her debut album, "Louder." Years after the "Glee" star first started contemplating her studio debut, "Louder" is finally coming -- on March 4, through Columbia Records -- and after first single "Cannonball" splashed onto Top 40 last month, the album's non-single title track is now premiering exclusively on Billboard.com ahead of its Jan. 14 release. Listen to the stylish, inspiring "Louder" below:
Michele says that she worked on "Louder's" title track toward the end of the recording process, after realizing that her "very pop-heavy" full-length needed to take a few dramatic turns. "It's a song that, no matter what, I can play in my car with the windows down," she says of "Louder," which was written by Colin Munroe, Jaden Michaels and Anne Preven. "But at the same time, I feel like it shows off my voice as a singer, which is really important to me, because that's what I do. I want to make sure that every song on my record is fun and enjoyable, but also, you hear my voice in them."