'Glee' star Naya Rivera talks to EW about her upcoming solo album


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Glee standout Naya Rivera, who plays the feisty and sexually confused Santana on Fox’s musical hit, signed a record deal in early June, and it seems that the busy-busy star is wasting no time before taking a crack at working on it.

As soon as she gets done with the Glee tour, her focus will be solely on her solo album for the month of July. “I won’t have anything I’m working on until after the tour is over,” Rivera told EW when we caught up with her, “so July 4th, when I get back home in L.A., is when I’ll hunker down and spend that whole month hammering out the details and the creative process of that. I’m really excited about that.”

As for what we can expect for the actual sound of the album, well, it seems that Rivera is still working that out. “I know what I sound good on, and I know what I like to write,” she says. “I’ve been writing for years, so I have a catalog of songs that I’ve written over the years, and it’s just a matter of getting with the right producers and other writers to develop the sound that is me.”

Could that sound possibly include someone from the New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline, or the Warblers? Rivera says she’d love to enlist some of her Glee cast mates to be on her album, but “I guess we’ll just have to find out and see.” (Reporting by Lanford Beard)

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  • Captain

    A Naya/Heather duet would be amazing. I’ve always absolutely adored Naya’s voice. I’m a huge Gleek but never felt the need to by any of their solo projects (Mark Salling/Matthew Morrison) until now.

    • Spud

      Yeah. I tried listening to Mark Salling’s album (it was impossible) and I have no interest in Matthew Morrison’s voice. Naya Rivera’s, on the other hand…

    • HD

      Sexually confused? She’s a lesbian. Everyone has confirmed that from the creator of the show to the character herself.

      • saint of E. 69th st.

        she has feelings for Brit has not shown one iota of attraction to another girl

    • -C

      i totally agree :)
      I love Naya & Heather <3
      Naya's voice is AMAZING and i was soo captivated while listening to her, cant wait for her album!! n_n

  • not interested

    I doubt this will do any better than Salling’s or Morrison’s album. Both were of questionable quality and sold poorly. She should have waited until Glee was over and really focused on the album to ensure quality.

    • SC

      I get the impression that this is something that won’t be ready until probably sometime next year, which should be around when S3 of Glee is wrapping up anyway.

  • funny

    Most of the Glee cast are not strong solo singers, so I don’t expect much success from her album. Lea Michelle & Amber Riley are the only Glee members that have strong potential for CD success.

    • Kiki

      I agree, except I would add the guy who plays Artie to the list… Fabulous voice.

  • katie

    please let “trouty mouth” be on the album!!!!

    • Craig

      Trouty Mouth was epic:)

  • commentor

    She actually has a good ‘Pop’ voice. I hope she comes up with something good.

  • Pslightly Psycho

    Yet another hourly GLEE story from ENTERTAINMENT GLEE-KLY. I’m still waiting for a story about what the cast member’s bowel movements smell like.

    • saint of E. 69th st.

      not poo…i am sure….

  • LC

    Can’t wait for her album to come out. She’s got a great voice and sound that’s actually something I will buy.

  • SC

    Naya always struck me as one of the most marketable people in the cast on her own. She’s got a rather unique voice and great presence (and she’s really hot; that matters).

  • Lia

    I’d give her a listen.

  • greg

    This will probably be as bad as Mark’s and Matt’s albums.

  • Sam

    Fingers crossed for a duet with Darren Criss on her album. They sounded AMAZING together at his concert on Wednesday.

    • JR


  • samantha

    I wouldn’t usually care about a Glee cast member having their own album…but I’m looking forward to this. Naya has such a unique voice, I could listen to her sing all day long

  • rye bread

    I kinda love her. They’ve developed her character from being just a b*tch, to something with a little more depth and because of that, have showcased her talent. Her cover of “Valerie” is incredible and if her album is half that good I will for sure download it….

  • Jett

    I can’t wait for her album to come out! She’s the only voice on Glee that I could actually see myself listening too. The others have been too Broadway or show tunes for me. Naya’s voice is unique and I can’t wait to hear what she’s been working on. :D

  • jS

    There are some excellent voices on the show. There’s no doubt that Lea and Amber’s voices are the biggest, but I always enjoy hearing Naya sing more than I do of the other cast members. Her tone is beautiful. Can’t wait to hear what she releases.

    I have a feeling she could (musically) go down the road of someone like Nicole Sherzinger, but I’d really like to see her as more of an Amy Winehouse like they’ve done on the show. Something that showcases her voice more and isn’t layered on top of such thick pop/dance beats.

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