McPhee previously chatted with Billboard about how proud she was of this upcoming album and how it felt the most personal of her work thus far. That's a point she's continued to make while promoting this work.
"Making this album was definitely a journey into exploring more of the artistic artist side of myself," McPhee tells Billboard. "I have made records in the past but I've always felt that I really didn't get the full experience of making an artist record. I often times felt rushed for time or uninspired. The making of this album spans through several of the last few years of my life. I have gone through many personal ups and downs and also have been fortunate enough to have gone from one television show to another television show both uniquely different in style. All of these experiences have allowed me to make a record that is so personal to me and have allowed me to stretch myself in a very creative way.
"Working with Isabella Summers [of Florence + the Machine] and Kelly Sheehan in the studio every day was such a treat for me and ultimately where I felt I really found my stride. I was under the guidance of Teresa Whites who A&Red and executive produced. She definitely allowed me to make lots of different kind of music and that is where I ended up finding a 'sound.' I had to try out lots of different rooms with different writers with different styles to ultimately figure out what I wanted it to sound like. And even now to this day if you asked what is the style, I don't really know. I love pop music. I love to sing. I wanted to make a record that was going to allow me to do all of those things in a record and also give me great satisfaction singing the songs live. What makes me so excited is all of the possibilities of live shows... I get to continue my creative journey with the record now on stage. That's ultimately my goal; being able to sing live and perform and entertain."
McPhee's in excellent company: She wrote with Sia, Ryan Tedder, and Florence + The Machine's Isabella Machine while working on this record.
Listen to Hysteria below.