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OTRC: Lea Michele releases debut single, 'Cannonball' (Audio, Poll)

Lea Michele releases debut single 'Cannonball.' Lea Michele appears on the cover of her 'Cannonball' single released on Dec. 10, 2013. / Michele appears on her debut album cover in 2013. (Columbia Records)

Lea Michele is ready to go solo in the music world.

The 27-year-old "Glee" star released her debut single "Cannonball" on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The single, which can be heard below, is off Michele's debut album titled "LOUDER." The album is set for release on March 4 and is currently available for pre-order.

"LOUDER really encompasses my experiences over this past year and my journey as an artist up to this point," Michele said in a statement. "There's a lot of emotion but it's also very encouraging and hopeful --it's about pushing forward and living your life in a way that's louder, stronger and bolder. I'm so excited to share this new side of me with my fans."

The singer and actress also thanks her fans on Twitter and wrote on Dec. 10, "TO MY #LEANATICS ALL OVER THE WORLD THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! I LOVE YOU ALL! ?? LETS #GETCANNONBALLTO1."

The album was recorded over the past year and "Cannonball" was written by singer/songwriter Sia, who also wrote Britney Spears' recently released single "Perfume." Michele also collaborated with Sia on the song "Battlefield," another song off Michele's upcoming album.

In "Cannonball" Michele sings about finding "the light out the end of the tunnel" and overcoming "suffering" and "pain."

"I couldn't close my eyes I was pacing all night / I think I found the light out the end of the tunnel / I couldn't find the truth I was going under," she sings in one lyric. She later sings, "I was in the dark and then it hit me / I chose suffering and pain in the falling rain / I know, I gotta get out into the world again."

The song culminates with the chorus, "And now I will start living today / Today, today I close the door I got this new beginning and I will fly / I'll fly like a cannonball / Like a cannonball / Like a cannonball / I'll fly, I'll fly, I'll fly like a cannonball."

Michele overcame a personal tragedy earlier this year when her "Glee" co-star, Cory Monteith, was found dead on July 13 at the age of 31. An autopsy later revealed Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. In August, Michele, who was dating Monteith prior to his death, dedicated her Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress in a Comedy to Montieth.

"For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we're gonna get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world," she said at the time.

Listen to Michele's single "Cannonball" below and vote in our poll.

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