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Lea Michele of 'Glee' talks new album, book

Singer and actress Lea Michele with Kidsday reporters

Singer and actress Lea Michele with Kidsday reporters Harrison Kane, Rebecca Cho Lois Dooley and Jason Donner, all from the Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho at Sirius XM studios in Manhattan on May 19, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

Recently we interviewed actress and singer Lea Michele, who stars as Rachel Berry on the TV show "Glee," at Sirius XM studios in Manhattan. She has just released her new album, "Louder," and it's wonderful.

The type of music Lea Michele writes is pop music. We asked her about the songs on the album, and Lea said: "Some of the music is based on events in my life. Some songs are about love. Other songs are ones you can hear while hanging out with your friends."

Lea told us her favorite songs are "On My Way" and "Louder" because those songs are all about having lots of fun. Lois' and Jason's favorite song is "Cannonball." Rebecca likes "Burn With You" and Harrison's favorite song is "Battlefield." "Cannonball's" message is to go for your dreams, no matter what. "Burn With You" and "Battlefield" is about Lea's loved ones and how she will follow them anywhere, no matter what.

We think everyone should buy this album to hear Lea's amazing songs and her pretty voice. All four of us liked the CD and think she is just about the best singer and songwriter.

But Lea is not just about singing: She also wrote a book, "Brunette Ambition" (Crown Publishing Group). It is a great book and it has many stories about her life, so if you're a big fan of hers, you should definitely check it out. You'll probably find out many things about her life you never knew, like what she likes to eat (there are many recipes in the book).

We asked her which recipe she would choose to have on a daily basis. Lea laughed and said, "Definitely the grilled cheese with jalapeños. It's very, very spicy -- probably too spicy for you, unless you love spicy foods!" Some other recipes in the book are the French lentil soup, her favorite pizza recipe, and much more.

We asked her how she felt before her book came out and Lea said, "It was very scary because I didn't know what people would think about my book."

We asked Lea what piece of advice she would give to someone who wants to be an actor and she said, "You should go for your dream 100 percent, not 99 percent, but 100 percent."

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