Posted by Marie-Anne on June 12 in Matthew Morrison, Video
Matthew Morrison stopped by ABC‘s The View last week to talk about his getting his career break on Broadway, his new album, and collaborating with Smokey Robinson. He then performed “Come Rain or Come Shine” from his new album, ‘Where It All Began.’ Check out the appearance below!
After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at Tisch School of The Arts in New York, 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 Morrison 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.”
Morrison is the first artist signed to 222 Records, the new label started by Adam Levine, the leader of multi-platinum group Maroon 5. Following a stint on Mercury Records, Morrison is happy to be part of a label that is run by a fellow artist. “Adam’s been part of whole big label system and he knows completely what works and doesn’t,” Morrison says. “He wanted to make an artist-friendly label and he’s completely backed my vision 100%. He trusts what we’re doing.”
Though Morrison enjoys making records, they are a means to an end. The stage is where Morrison comes alive. “Performing live, I can’t even say it’s in my heart or in my soul. It’s so far down below that…It’s almost a spiritual relationship you have with an audience and how you can get them invested. It’s a beautiful partnership. It’s my oxygen, my food. It’s my water. I love it more than anything.”
Morrison’s new album of standards is a salute to the music that means the most to him. In 2011, Morrison released his first album, a pop collection of mainly originals featuring such guests as Elton John and Gwyneth Paltrow. He remains proud of that set, but admits part of the goal was to separate himself from his “Glee” character. “‘Where It All Began’ is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” he says. “This is my love, the songs I grew up listening to. These songs are so timeless and it’s something everyone can appreciate. I felt a responsibility to breathe new life into them.“