"Glee" star Lea Michele has had a whirlwind year - getting through the tragedy of losing her boyfriend, Cory Monteith last summer as a result of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
The multiple Grammy and Emmy-nominee now has a new solo album, "Louder," which was released today - a feat Michele said this morning on "Good Morning America" would never had been possible without the enduring support of her friends and family.
"I'm really very, very, very thankful for all the amazing people I have in my life," Michele, 27, explained to George Stephanopoulos. "I know that sounds like something everyone says, but honestly, my friends and my family, they got me through this and really, really have been there for me and I couldn't have done it without them."
One of Michele's fans on Twitter compared listening to the new album to reading the star's diary, a window into her life.
"That's really what I sought out to do when making this record," she agreed. "Moving to Los Angeles from working on Broadway I was cast on 'Glee' within just a few weeks, so I really was introduced to the world as Rachel Berry.
"I wanted to take this opportunity in making this record to really let my fans know who I am, and I think the music should be personal," she said of her much more introspective creative endeavor.
The songstress has quite a few projects keeping her busy, which is helping her take the ending of "Glee" after this coming season in stride.
"Just getting through one episode is very difficult, so to think about 33 from now, we have a lot still to do," she said. However, when thinking of the very last day on set, Michele admits, "that day will be beyond, beyond, beyond emotional."
Although her infamous character, Rachel Berry, is soon coming to an end, Michele's fans will have plenty of opportunities to keep in touch with Michele.
She's hoping to take the few weeks of down time she'll have this coming summer to tour her new album, "Louder," overseas to thank her worldwide fans. Then when she's completely done with "Glee" in 2015, she'll plan for a domestic tour.
Michele even has a new book coming out in May, "Brunette Ambition," which she's really proud of, considering she never thought of herself as a writer.
"I felt that I had I had a lot I wanted to say for my fans and for young girls who wanted to hear a little bit about my story," she said. "So many of my fans want to know how I got to where I am today, and want to see the obstacles I had to cross to get to where I am."
And as for any future plans to ever return to her original Broadway roots, Michele says there are just a few things she wants to explore first.
"I was so surprised with how much I fell in love with this recording process in making this album and I definitely want to make another one," she explained. "So once I feel like I've scratched that itch completely, Broadway is definitely where my heart is."