Former FLYLEAF singer Lacey Sturm, who has just released her memoir, “The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living”, through Baker Books, has been collaborating with outside writers on material for a possible solo album. She tells About.com Heavy Metal: “We’ve been writing. We’ve got over thirty songs that we’ve written with a couple of our friends that are really cool rock songs. We’re not really sure how it’s going to play out.
“I got to work with David Hodges, who used to be in EVANESCENCE, on some songs. He’s written a ton of songs with a lot of female artists like Kelly Clarkson and Christina Perri. We’ve written some amazing songs, some of my favorite stuff that I’ve done.
“My favorite thing about music is that it tells a story. You can hear the message without having to understand the words. I love that so much. To find music that’s cinematic in a way that goes with the words and the message I think is my main goal. It just naturally comes out of me and sounds like rock music.
“I’m open to wherever it might go. I really want it to be accessible to as big an audience as it can be. At the same time I know when we get on stage it’s going to be heavy rock, because I don’t know how to do anything else.
Asked if there are any plans of releasing an album or signing with a label, Lacey said: “We are supposed to have meetings with the record label and see where things are going to go. Octone, the indie label I was on, sold their company to Universal. Universal is such a big umbrella, I think we’re just trying to figure out where the best place for us would be in that system. We’re going up there with our demos to see what’s going to happen.”
Sturm recently opened up about some of the reasons why she quit FLYLEAF in the fall of 2012, shortly before the release of the band’s third album, “New Horizons”. Speaking in a video to promote her new memoir, Sturm said that several events, including getting married, having a baby and enduring the death of the band’s sound engineer Rich Caldwell changed her priorities.
Sturm explained: “The one that hit the hardest was the death of our sound engineer. We did one last show with FLYLEAF as a benefit for his wife Katy and their son Kirby. And it was really hard to do a show without him, and it was really hard to think it could be our last show. So I remember looking at my son after Rich had passed and just wondering to myself, if this was the last year I had with my son, how would I spend it?”
Sturm added: “It was really amazing to recognize this season changing in my life and the freedom that I was gonna be able to focus on my family. And I’m so thankful for that time. And although it was really hard, I’m thankful. And that’s the reason I stepped down from FLYLEAF.”
FLYLEAF recruited singer Kristen May as Sturm‘s replacement and released its fourth album, “Between The Stars”, on September 16. The first single is called “Set Me On Fire”.