The singer and One Tree Hill actress discussed the effect her travels had on her songwriting in an interview with E Online.
"I know who I am as an artist and I know what my sound is, but I wanted to know what I could do in order to take it to that next level," she explained. "So the experiences I had last year of moving to California and travelling to places like Rome and Nicaragua where I met a lot of people just had a really big impact in my life.
"Gravity Happens came from all of those influences and the song that the album is named for is about how stuff just happens and that it's out of our control and we all learn that as we get older."
She went on to reveal that the album's first single 'Heart In Chains' will premiere during One Tree Hill's season finale later this year.
"I am recording the song on the show and I think it ended up being a really cool way to showcase the single," she said. "It's a really fun, upbeat song. I think people are really going to like it. I am excited."
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