Christina Perri Drops New Song ‘I Believe’, Reveals Artwork for ‘Head or Heart’
By Annie Reuter
Christina Perri is gearing up for a busy 2014. The singer-songwriter will release her sophomore album head or heart on March 11 and follow with a North American Tour.
Earlier this month she dropped the first single off the album, piano ballad “Human.” Yesterday (Dec. 30) she revealed a second song called “I Believe.” The album closer and an uplifting track, on “I Believe” Perri asserts “this is not the end of me, this is the beginning.” Written for her performance as a part of three California shows with To Write Love On Your Arms, a non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, self-injury and thoughts of suicide, Perri never intended for the song to be on her album.
While writing the album TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski reached out to Perri about performing on their tour but since she was busy recording, she wasn’t able to make the tour.
“Because I work with that charity so much and because I believe in the people who belong to that organization I wanted to do it really badly, but because I was writing and working every day in studios I couldn’t so I said, ‘I can’t do your tour, but I can do your three California shows happily.’ And he’s like, ‘Great! You’ll headline the show,’” she told Radio.com.
Perri wanted to do something special for the three shows so she decided to sit down and write a new song that she would debut at the concert.
“I remember sitting in my house and I said, ‘I have to make a show that is fresh. I just came off touring and a lot of the people in the audience came to my shows so I have to make something special for them,’” she recalled. “Not to mention, I had so many of the issues this organization deals with as a teenager and as a young women and that I continue to deal with daily. I felt very, very connected emotionally to this topic.”
So Perri sat in her house and wrote the song, which is all affirmations.
“I wrote this song just for these kids and had no idea it would make the album at all. I go and do this show and it was as magical as I’ve ever dreamed it to be, even better. I had goosebumps and there were people crying and it was this really, really special moment.”
She added: “It went ‘Jar of Hearts’ crazy where people were getting tattoos of the lyrics. It’s the album closer. I had a British children’s choir. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be, the way it came out. It has one of those genuine stories for me. It was meant to be on this album. It was just bigger than me. It became a part of my life.”
head or heart will drop March 11.