EMMY, TONY, and Golden Globe-nominated star Matthew Morrison is to release a new studio album, Where It All Began, on June 4, 2013. Featuring a collection of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison turned to legendary producer Phil Ramone (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett), along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Gregg Field, to create the 12 songs featured on the album. The collection marks the first release from 222 Records, the newly formed label from Adam Levine.
“I enjoyed the journey back to my roots on this new album,” said Morrison. “This is the album I’ve always wanted to make, and I am looking forward to sharing the experience with everyone.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Matthew Morrison,” said Adam Levine. “I am excited for everyone to hear the album because he has so much talent and am so proud to have this release produced by the legendary Phil Ramone.”
Morrison’s new album of standards is a salute to the music that means the most to him and follows on the release of his 2011 self-titled solo pop album. On Where It All Began, it was paramount for Morrison that he put his own stamp on the songs, either by coming up with new tempos and arrangements or by recreating the song in a way it had never been imagined before. Together, with Phil Ramone, the pair re-envisioned the tracks featured, while still embracing what made these standards classics in the first place.
Standouts on the album include the energetic and poignant “West Side Story Medley” and “Luck Be A Lady,” which Matthew Morrison recorded at the famed Capitol Studios, where old Blue Eyes recorded many of his songs.
Morrison adds another dimension to the album with his national PBS special, premiering June 1, 2013, “Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began – Live From the Bushnell”. Shot in Hartford, Connecticut in front of an enchanted crowd, Matthew is accompanied by an orchestra and his own funk-injected backup singers, dancers and band. His strength as an all–around performer is showcased in this production from Connecticut Public Television for Podwall Entertainment, 222 Records and PBS.
In further support of the album, Matthew has also announced four additional live concert dates. The artist will perform on May 28th and 29th with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Massachusetts and on November 29th and 30th with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Singin’ In The Rain
Come Rain or Come Shine/Basin Street Blues
Ease on Down the Road
Younger Than Springtime
It Don’t Mean a Thing
The Lady Is a Tramp
As Long as She Needs Me
On the Street Where You Live
Luck Be a Lady
Send in the Clowns
West Side Story Medley
After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, Matthew Morrison made his debut on Broadway in Footloose, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, it was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of the Broadway production of Hairspray that served as his breakthrough and led to him being cast in the critically acclaimed The Light In The Piazza. His portrayal of young lover Fabrizio Naccarelli garnered him a TONY nomination for best performance by a featured actor in a musical. He subsequently received a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding actor in the off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles and reprised the role of Lieutenant Cable in Lincoln Center’s TONY-nominated production of South Pacific. Matthew soon followed these performances with his role as the perpetually optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester on FOX TV’s Glee, which he has received both EMMY and two Golden Globe nominations. He most recently co-starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in the major motion picture What To Expect When You’re Expecting.
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