Noah Cyrus knows her debut album is late.

“It’s a little late,” she tells ET Canada’s Sangita Patel. “I’m running behind schedule.”

Cyrus, younger sis to Miley, has been working on her delayed first album “NC-17” for some time. She dropped her debut single back in November 2016, but she promises fans the album isn’t ready because she wants to get things right.

The 18-year-old singer says things just keep getting added onto her schedule. “It means so much to me that I’m being able to put this album out,” she confides. “I’m sorry its running late but it’s like a baby, you know, and it’s really my little project that I’ve been working on for such a long time. I’ve been like holding it in for such a long time that I’m open to waiting a little longer to get it just the way I wanted it to come out.”

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Music has long been a part of the “Again” singer’s life and upbringing. At age 15, Cyrus started writing her own songs – enough for an album that was never released. Now, the singer is nearly ready for her debut album which fans can expect to come from a personal space.

“I always wanted my music to reflect on who I am. And I always want to be upfront with my fans,” she says. “I just want to them to know that I’m not just a figure doing music. I am a real 18-year-old that wakes up in the morning the same way that they do and I get ready the same way they do. And go through my day the same way they do. I just might be doing something a little different.”

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One of those “different” things is touring with Katy Perry. Cyrus is opening for the “Swish Swish” singer on her Witness Tour in North America, describing the opportunity to appear on stage on Perry’s stadium tour as “wild,” adding that she’s grateful Perry took a chance on a new artist.

“She was so talented at such a young age and she wanted it so bad,” Cyrus explains. “I think she understands what it’s like to be a new artist and from her documentary she put out a long time ago, I remember watching that and being like, ‘That is so sick.’  You know she started from so low and totally just built herself up and created this entire career for herself. So I really look up to her as an artist.”

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Cyrus says one of the best things about being on tour with Perry is seeing how an experienced musician handles the daily stress of a live concert, including production errors and backstage problems.

“I think from watching her, that was like the best advice she could have given me is just watching her every night and watching her confidence grow from like my first show to my last show on that run,” Cyrus says, adding, “The best lesson I could have learned was how to handle stuff going wrong whenever you’re on stage and she handles it. It’s so easy for her up there. And she has so much fun.”