SS: Let's talk about that album. It's coming out in the fall, right?
AL: Yes, that's what I've been working on. We started right away with meetings about the sound and the vibe. They asked me, "Do you know of any producers that you would really want to work with?" and I have short list of producers, and fortunately we connected with all the ones I wanted to connect with. We started writing, and I've been able to co-write on a handful of tracks and there's more to come.
SS: Do you enjoy the writing process?
AL: I love it! I really love it. And I love the recording process as well. Coming up with something new and original is so exciting. That's the art of it all. And then the performance is another level. American Idol lets you explore yourself as a performer. ... Being able to create the actual material you're writing takes it to a whole new level because I'm getting to write lyrics that are from my perspective and messages I want to get out there and feelings and ideas I want to share.