Christina Perri started writing for her new album, "Head or Heart," worried about the sophomore slump.
But it took just one song, "Trust" -- written just seven days after she came off the road in October of 2012 to promote her 2011 debut album, "lovestrong." -- to get her over the hump.
"It hit me that, 'Oh my God, what if all this scary stuff people keep telling me about the sophomore album curse or whatever is avoidable by not thinking about whether people are going to listen or worrying about what people want or what I've done before and just saying 'Yes' to whatever comes my way," says Perri, 27, a Philadelphia native now living in Los Angeles whose debut single, "Jar of Hearts," sold more than three million copies in the U.S. and was a worldwide hit, and who also had songs in both parts of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."
"So I made a conscious decision to just tell the truth and do this the way I wanted to, and 49 songs later I had an album."
"Head or Heart" got off to a strong start with the single "Human," while its follow-up, "Burning Gold," is just out. The album also debuted at No. 4 on the Billbaord 200. And Perri is happy to be back on the road, where she plans to stay until the end of 2015, with new band members "who took everything to a new level, musically" and, more importantly, a larger body of work to draw from.
"It's SO much nicer," Perri says. "It was so fun to pick the songs and bring some back that I didn't play on the first album tour and just amp everything up to sound like the second album. I just wanted everything to be a little bit bigger, a little bit better, a very 'next' kind of second record feeling, but not too crazy.
"It's still me, but just a little bit different. I've got enough songs now that we can really do a lot of things that I couldn't before, so this is my favorite time, ever."
Christina Perri and Birdy perform Friday, April 11, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 313-0833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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