Mary Lambert, 25, is best known for providing vocals on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Same Love.” The Seattle native is now ready to step out on her own, following up two EPs with her debut album Heart on My Sleeve, due Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. Her single “Secrets” is currently No. 77 on the Hot 100.
Your single “Secrets” is more upbeat than your usual fare. Is there a reason for that?
I wrote my first two EPs when I was really sad. My debut album, Heart on My Sleeve, is indicative of where I am at this moment. This year I went through a breakup, sang at the Grammys and met the woman of my dreams. I experienced immense joy, and “Secrets” is a beautiful pinpoint of where my joy is.
How did “Secrets” come together?
We were in the studio — Eric Rosse, who is executive-producing the album, [and co-writers] Benny Cassette and Mozella — and Eric’s like, “Let’s just do a song where it has a really fun line melodically.” I thought about how awesome it would be to have an empowerment song that put the lens on oneself rather than asking it of the audience. It’s just a really great way to extend vulnerability by showing rather than telling. I’m like, “This might be the fun song, guys.”
What’s in store for the rest of the album?
“Secrets” is still within the concept of the record, but on one extreme of a specific pop sound. There are so many stories I wanted to tell. I want to be a catalyst for someone’s healing — I love that.
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard.