Pia Toscano, who was eliminated from American Idol prematurely, revealed that she is already working on her debut album with Interscope Records producer Rodney Jerkins.
“I kind of got a head start, and I didn’t realize that,” 22-year-old Toscano tells People, who sang on Dancing With the Stars shortly after her elimination.
“During my elimination there were so many things that were running through my mind,” Toscano admits. “I kept saying, ‘What’s going to happen with my career?’ I’m looking at my parents, like ‘Did I let them down?’ [But] we started working right away. I’ve been in the studio and it’s been good.”
The singer, who was known for her powerhouse ballads on AI, says her debut album will also feature some dance tracks.
“It’s definitely going to be big ballads, but there’s also going to be those fun up-tempo songs, those dancing songs,” she reveals. “I feel like on the show people really only saw me in one way, and I want to show the world that I can do other things.”
The album does not yet have a release date.
Toscano will be performing the National Anthem during the live broadcast of PBS’s National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.