Interview: Christina Perri is ‘Burning Gold’ on New Album ‘Head or Heart’

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By Annie Reuter

“I didn’t want to do anything that wasn’t genuine, and I was afraid of phoning it in or forcing anything,” Christina Perri told about her sophomore album, Head or Heart, released today (April 1). “I sat at the piano and wrote this song called ‘Trust.’ As soon as I did I had a eureka moment, and I immediately knew what I wanted to say.”

Perri titled her album Head or Heart because while looking back on her past relationships, certain times she used her head while others she used her heart. That combination proved disastrous so she used her music to try and figure things out.

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“I don’t have the answer yet because I haven’t figured it out,” she said. “Where I’m at right now is I’m still unsure. The album is a collection of my little stories and my truths over the past couple years of choosing between one or the other and in the end still not knowing.”

Perri said a major theme throughout the album is change and Head or Heart is the first time where she wrote songs about herself, including a song called “Burning Gold,” which was about her decision to move from her home in Philadelphia to L.A.

“I don’t know where you get that type of courage. It’s something that has to happen inside of you. I was 20-years-old and it was the week before my 21st birthday and my brother said, ‘Move to California,’ and I said, ‘OK,'” she recalled. “A lot of times our dreams aren’t where we grew up. We have to go find them…I would not stop until my life was burning gold, which I think it is now.”

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