New York: Singer Avril Lavigne is pleased to be working with music producer L A Reid again because he gave her so much freedom when she was starting her career.
   
The 'What the Hell' hitmaker was given her first record contract by the 'American Idol' judge when he worked for Arista and she is pleased he allowed her to write her own material, as reported.
   
"L A Reid is the man. My experience was he signed me, he believed in me, he got me. He always gave me my freedom to be who I was, to make the type of record I wanted to," Lavigne said.
   
"On my first album, I was so young - I was 16 when I was making it. Everyone figured that people would write songs for me, and I was like, 'No, I want to write my own music.' It was so different from anything that was out there. LA was like, 'She's onto something. Just let her do her thing.' So it was great," she added.

(Agencies)