Christina Perri has her music all figured out
By Tricia Despres For Sun-Times Media April 3, 2014 12:34PM
Christina Perri headlines the House of Blues on April 9. | Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Clear Channel
Christina Perri; Birdy, 7 p.m. April 9, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. $35-$38. (312) 923-2000; www.houseofblues.com
Updated: April 3, 2014 12:40PM
Once you get past her sensitive, yet strong, voice and her breathtaking beauty, you find that singer-songwriter Christina Perri has one more endearing gift.
She is a freak when it comes to numbers.
“We began working on this album on Oct. 23, 2012, and spent one year and 78 days making the album,” she says during a phone interview from tour rehearsals in Los Angeles. “I started an actual countdown to April 1, the date that ‘Head or Heart’ was coming out, but then it leaked [just recently], so we started streaming it on iTunes, and I have listened to it in its entirety over 30 times already.”
Barely taking a breath between her numeral-driven phrases, it’s evident that the 27-year-old isn’t about to hold anything back at this point of her life, especially when it comes to the excitement she feels for her second album.
“The last three months have been so uncomfortable for me,” admits Perri, whose first album “lovestrong” was released in 2011. “I’ve felt weird and uncomfortable and vulnerable and sensitive, and sometimes, it’s been downright painful. I know I shouldn’t compare it to childbirth since I haven’t ever experienced that, but let’s just say I’m glad [the music] is out.”
Indeed, this second album contains some of the most revealing lyrics of the singer’s career, which virtually exploded after she performed her triple-platinum single “Jar of Hearts” on “So You Think You Can Dance” a few years back. “I spent much of my time during the creation of this album trying to understand myself as a person and how to best live on this planet [just] being me,” she says. “It’s all about my experiences and the things I have gone through. I’m so bad at lying, so this album is me, being brutally authentic and honest.”
“Head or Heart” is certainly off to a positive start thanks to the success of its leadoff single “Human.”
“I wrote that song on April 9 of 2013,” explains Perri, displaying once more her fascinations with numbers. “I had worked with 30 co-writers and had 39 songs to choose from, but I was at a point where I hated music. I now know it’s normal for writers to go through this, so I just sat down and wrote about it. And out came ‘Human.’ ... I’ve learned that you have to stop and forgive yourself before everything falls apart or breaks or dies or fails. Once you forgive yourself, you can get up and try again, or love again.”
Playing Chicago’s House of Blues April 9 alongside opener Birdy, Perri says she has only one goal for her upcoming tour. “If I didn’t have the chance to get up on that stage and connect with my audience, I would be an emotional wreck for the rest of my life,” she said. “I wrote these songs in my most vulnerable place, and I can’t wait to share that with my fans. I’m ready to give it to them, and they give it back to me.”