May 13, 2015


Is Anna Kendrick Planning to Record a Solo Album?

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Despite acting being her day job, Anna Kendrick's accomplished more as a singer than most full-timers. Not only does the woman have a Top 10 single that's sold more than 2.5 million copies with "Cups," she's snagged starring roles in musicals like Into the Woods and The Last Five Years, and she's the main character of the Pitch Perfect franchise. All things considered, pop superstardom is probably on her bucket list too, right?

In a new interview with Collider, Kendrick gave some pretty smart reasoning as to why a solo album probably isn't for her:

"Here's the thing, the highest compliment that I'll pay myself is that for an actor I sing well, and there are so many superior singers in the world. And I don't write music. If I wrote music, it'd be a different story, but I don't write music. So, the idea of somebody writing songs for me to sing is like, 'Well, have a better singer sing them, that would be more fun to listen to'...If I could play the ukulele like Zooey Deschanel, I would find my own personal M. Ward and we would do a side album, but I don't, you know?"

Kendrick also said she's fielded offers that have led to creative differences, with "they" (probably Universal Music Enterprises, the soundtrack-centric label that releases the Pitch Perfect albums) preferring she try some holiday music. "A Christmas album used to be on my bucket list, but now I am a grown-ass woman and now that would be kind of fucking insane."

So, sadly, don't hold your breath waiting for a J.Lo or Ariana Grande–esque crossover for Ms. Anna. But maybe if we start bugging her to take up an instrument on Twitter (she's known to respond to followers and fan mail), those musical juices will begin flowing.