LOS ANGELES - Mary Lambert has a little boast, for always, at every family reunion.

"'Oh, your cousin went to Dartmouth? Well, I sang with Madonna at the Grammys.'"

It's been a whirlwind of a year for the singer, who holds down the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love." Lambert stopped by the HitFix video studios for our premiere episode of HitFix Mix, our music interview and mixtape show.

"I have different little life-hacks," Mary Lambert explained how she keeps her head together. This is an artist who called her forthcoming album "Heart On My Sleeve." And her new single "Secrets," in which she reveals personal "secrets" like having bipolar disorder. And her live show is deeply intimately vulnerable. "There's a series of things I do before... a complete meltdown."

Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and watch our abridged chat, above.

This show aims to have in-depth interviews with artists, and provide a mixtape at the end of each show that the artist curates -- three songs they'd recommend. Lambert's "Secrets," plus her choices (Echosmith's "Cool Kids," Sylvan Esso's "Hey Mami" and Tove Lo's "Not On Drugs") can be streamed below.

Mary Lambert's "Heart On My Sleeve" is due on Oct. 14. Her tour dates are below her three-song mixtape.

Here are Mary Lambert's tour dates:

10/10  Toronto, ON              Adelaide Hall
10/11  Montreal, QB             La Vitrola
10/17  Albany, NY                College of St. Rose
10/19  Boston, MA               The Sinclair
10/22  Philadelphia, PA      North Star Bar
10/23  Washington, DC      U Street Music Hall
10/24 Durham, NC              Motorco Music Hall
10/25  Clearwater, FL          Capitol Theatre
10/27  Atlanta, GA                The Loft @ Centerstage
10/28  Nashville, TN            Mercy Lounge
10/29  Columbus, OH          A&R Bar
11/01  Minneapolis, MN      Fine Line
11/02  Omaha, NE               Waiting Room
11/03  Kansas City, KS       Record Bar
11/05  Denver, CO               Bluebird Theatre
11/07  Salt Lake City, UT    The Complex
11/09  Phoenix, AZ              Club Red
11/13  Boise, ID                    Knitting Factory
11/15  Vancouver, BC         Rio Theatre

After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.