Lea Michele, the Broadway star of Spring Awakening who went on to gain national fame in the hit Fox series Glee, has made her forthcoming sophomore solo album, Places, available for a $9.99 pre-order on iTunes, Spotify, and other platforms. Downloads reportedly will be available April 7. The official release date for the CD has been scheduled for April 28.
Here is the announced tracklist:
“Love Is Alive”
“Run to You”
Written by Chantal Kreviazuk and Nathan Chapman, and produced by Xandy Barry, the song “Love Is Alive” was released online. Listen to it here:
Michele recently added Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, and three other cities to the North American tour of An Intimate Evening With Lea Michele, in support of Places.
The tour, which launched in January in Los Angeles, has been seen in New York and in Santa Monica.
Here is a list of the upcoming planned stops:
May 1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Merriam Theatre
May 3 Boston, Massachusetts, Shubert Theatre
May 4 Ledyard, Connecticut, Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Casino
May 6 Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Massey Hall
May 8 Seattle, Washington, Moore Theatre
May 10 San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts
Here is the most recent set list for the tour:
“Run to You”
“Love Is Alive” (Acoustic version)
“Glitter in the Air” (Pink cover)
“Make You Feel My Love” (Adele cover)
“My Man” (Barbra Streisand cover)
“You're Mine” (Acoustic version)
The new disc, recorded at Harmony Studios in West Hollywood, follows her 2014 debut recording Louder, also from Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records.
Listen to a second track, “Love Is Alive”:
Michele contacted her former Spring Awakening co-star, Jonathan Groff, when looking for a title for her second solo outing. The Scream Queens star previously told Billboard.com. “I was like, ‘What’s something from our time in New York—a word, or a phrase, or something that is from theater, or from us?’ And he said, ‘What about Places?’ When you’re on Broadway, you get your 30-minute call, then your 15-minute call. You hear ‘Places everyone!’ And that means it’s show time.”
About her new recording, Michele added, “We have two songs that veer a little bit more in the pop direction, but for the most part, I sat back and listened to all of the songs that I grew up listening to, and most of them were Celine Dion, four-minute-long vocal Olympics…This is a vocal album, and there are definitely love songs in there, but there’s also a sense of freedom. I went back and listened to all of the divas that I loved, and tried to find how that music resonates for me, in 2017.”
The singing actor also hopes to play an extended tour to support Places, telling Billboard, “I’m a live singer, I come from Broadway, that’s what I do!”