By Michael Slezak
Updated August 04, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Season 7 of American Idol was chock full of lovely and talented finalists, but I have to admit: No one charmed me more during their Idolatry exit interview than Brooke White. Which was why I found myself especially psyched when she dropped by HQ recently for a chat about her new CD High Hopes and Heartbreak (featuring a booklet with handwritten lyrics and artwork by the singer herself) and a performance of her debut single “Radio Radio.” Press play below to hear Brooke talk about her unexpected turn as a disco diva, the strange Idol label of “singer-songwriter vibe,” and her position on which comes first: music or lyrics.