"Little Do You Know" is my favorite of the four teaser songs you put out. I can so relate to that record. Just that feeling of having to pretend like everything is OK when it's really not, especially after a messy breakup.
That [song] was inspired by real life. Here's the thing I did with this album - I cracked myself wide open. I left nothing back. I didn't think about what I wanted the song to do. I didn't think about what number I wanted it to reach or what this person would think of it. It's about me as an artist, exploring my own growth through my music. That's how I grow as a person: through my creativity.
What was the inspiration when you wrote "Cold Case"? You sound really angry on that record.
Um.. Damn... [Laughs] I just really... [Sighs] We never know why certain things happen to us and why things turn out the way they do. Sometimes there's a bigger reason. I feel like whatever I was going through romantically, being heartbroken gave me access to a part of myself that I hadn't went into before. I made a song called "Fuck It All." It doesn't get more "this is it" than that. I feel more free than I ever have in my life. After writing and recording those songs.
What is one lesson you've learned from being in love and conversely, one lesson you've learned from experiencing heart break?
A lesson that I learned from being in love is to be appreciative of the one you're with and not to take them for granted. A lesson I learned from heartbreak is that life truly goes on. It feels sometimes like the end of the world and "how am I gonna go on?" But most of that is not real. You don't actually lose anything. If anything, it teaches you something for the next person that you may require.
You've responded to the K. Michelle rumors by saying, "I don't do drama," but how do you handle finding out that someone you thought you were cool with said something shady about you?
You know what, I think that's another huge lesson I've come to learn in life. When you can sit there and be subject to someones hate for you or someone nasty words toward you, whether it's a friend or a stranger. It's not easy, don't get me wrong. But for me to get to a place where I can have compassion for people no matter where they're coming from or how they're coming at me, I understand humanity and I understand when we get upset a lot of times that just love in reverse.
When can we finally get our hands the album?
It's coming this fall. I've been on a serious journey while making this album and I made a choice to take my time and not feel everyone's pressure to hurry up and release it because I wanna release something that is timeless and something that matters. And that can't be rushed.
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