To the delight of many and the surprise of a few, Glee star Matthew Morrison will release his second solo album, Where It All Began, on June 4. The album, which finds Morrison covering his favorite Broadway hits and a few standards, was recorded with producer Phil Ramone, the man responsible for the sounds of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
“I enjoyed the journey back to my roots on this new album,” Morrison said in a statement, referencing his love of Broadway and, perhaps unintentionally, his work on Glee. The album features the expected hits (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Lady Is a Tramp”) alongside some less conventional material (“West Side Story Medley”), but maintains a strictly mature sound that aims to distance him from the poppier fare on Glee.
Strangely enough, Where It All Began is also the first release from Adam Levine’s new label, 222 Records, a sign that his stint on The Voice may have given the Maroon 5 frontman a weak spot for well-sung standards.
Where It All Began is Morrison’s follow up to his 2011 self-titled album of originals.
– Shane Barnes, Radio.com