In an interview with People, Gwen shared that she’s been writing new music since June and describes the overall theme to the album is “truth”. “ust being clear and being true to myself. I just want to be fulfilled. It’s really quite selfish”. She confirms that she has about 14 songs done and says that everyone new one she writes adds a different feeling to the batch. “Every single time I write a song, I think it’s my single and it’s very dramatic and everyone’s like ‘Okay, Gwen. Shut up. We know it’s not the one, but I’m glad you’re excited.'”
Gwen says that she loves sharing her new music with her friends and family (including her Dad!) and loves to rock out to it especially by herself. “My favorite is just weirdly listening to it myself in my car really loud at night.”
Gwen revealed to Yahoo that she’s “in a real spiritual phase” and is taking the time to write down how she’s feeling often. Gwen admits that it’s been “intense” revisiting and singing some of her older material later in life. She says that she’s taking the time to be grateful and living in the moment and is open “to channeling and being guided.”
She seems really eager and excited to be back to work and calls herself and her recent collaborators The Breakfast Club. “Itâ€™s like, up all night, in love, discovering each other, like a weird Benetton collection of weirdos. ‘How are we all in the same room right now?â€™ Like, itâ€™s meant to be. Itâ€™s magicalâ€¦ Iâ€™m so excited about the music. I feel like itâ€™s my reward for everything I do. Itâ€™s so crazy when you have nothing, like you walk into a studio with nothing, and then you have a song that captures your life.”
Gwen says that this time around she feels like there is no rush and she’s really making an album for herself. “Iâ€™m just in the moment of being there. â€œI just feel like Iâ€™m in this place of just trying to be honest and grateful and listening. And just trying to, I donâ€™t know, be a good person.”
Gwen shares that a new single should be on the way “soonish”.
Entertainment Tonight spoke with Gwen at her recent MasterCard Priceless Surprises press event and she updated fans on the progress on her new album. She stated that she has more than 15 songs completed including past ones that she’s been collaborating on with different people. “I do have more than that because I have a bunch from before but the ones that Iâ€™m really addicted to that Iâ€™m like, â€˜OK, these are the ones.â€™ It feels so good and itâ€™s been incredible.â€
She continued by saying she’s “never had a writing experience like this” and that she’s “channeling unbelievable luck”. â€œI went in and I found these kids â€“ these writers and these producers â€“ itâ€™s a group of us, I call ourselves The Breakfast Club.”
â€œIâ€™m always in a rush. I want to get music out always and as soon as possible.”
Gwen shared that she’s finding joy in heading to the studio now while in the past it sometimes felt like a chore. “I have never been in a place, where I’m like outside all my life, where all I want to do is get in the studio. It was always like a chore, like ‘Oh no I have to go to the studio, I am not going to be able to do it. What am I going to say?’ Like it’s an opposite, it’s like I gotta get in the studio. When is there time, you know? Every time I go, I know I’m going to have a song and every time I have a song I get to play it really loud in my car and it’s really fun.”
Gwen says that she has nearly 10 songs done, which she admits doesn’t seem like a lot, but she insists that they were written over a short period of time. She continues by saying this spark of creativity has never happened before and credits her time being on The Voice last season for some of her inspiration. “So I am in a really good place for writing and I think that has a lot to do with being on the show last season and also just, I don’t know, just opening up and being on a journey to get to this point to be able to write again.”
She also spoke about the upcoming season of The Voice and expressed that doing the show is one of the best things she’s ever done. Gwen says that she loved working with key advisor Rihanna and said she also enjoyed looking at her during their time together.
When asked if she would like to see another female coach in the red chair, Gwen says that it would be “different” and that she would miss the boys (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams). “It’s crazy, the chemistry that I think we have is so good and I can’t imagine it any other way.”
It’s awesome to finally have an update from Gwen and to hear how excited she is to be back to work in the studio writing new music! The last update on the progress of Gwen’s upcoming third solo album was this past June when Interscope confirmed that she was still “hard at work”.