Thinking and feeling

Thinking and feeling

Young Post speaks to Christina Perri about choosing just 13 of the 49 songs she wrote during a very fruitful six months

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Christina Perri: tattered, tatted and back on top.
Christina Perri: tattered, tatted and back on top.

Christina Perri is back with a brand new album, Head or Heart. It features 13 songs that the singer wrote during a six-month writing flurry.

The 27-year-old shot to fame in 2010 when a friend passed her song to a choreographer on the hit American TV series, So You Think You Can Dance. When Jar of Hearts was used in a dance number on the show it became an instant success, bringing Perri to the attention of major labels.

That success was followed up with an even bigger coup, when A Thousand Years was featured in the soundtrack to a movie you might've heard of: Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. After touring the world in support of her album Lovestrong, Perri finally got down to business and began writing a slew of new songs. The result was the album Head or Heart, a collection of piano-based ballads with an occasional poppy number thrown in for fun. "When I wrote the first [track on the album], Trust, I had an epiphany and knew that I wanted to name the album Head or Heart … which is the one you trust in matters of love?" she asks. "So half the album is head songs and half are heart songs". The lead single off the album is Human, a song that Perri claims is a song of forgiveness, and learning to love herself. The video shows the singer starting out as a robot, and slowly making the transformation to humanity and individuality. "To me it's a song of forgiveness, it's a song about learning to be yourself and being okay with something you went through that didn't work out." Human is slow and thoughtful, but not all of her songs are quite so serious. In fact, Be My Forever is the singer's happiest song ever. "I was so, so happy when I wrote it" she says. "I was so freaked out; I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a super happy song but I just could not help it, I was glowing!" Head and Heart is out now

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Thinking and feeling

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