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Artist of the Week: Matthew Morrison

May 9, 2011 (5:59 am) GMT
Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John and Sting are all in the credit list of the 'Glee' star's first solo album.
Artist of the Week: Matthew Morrison

realizes that "" may not be forever and he would like to have his own thing by then. He is breaking away from his Will Schuester image to craft the kind of songs he favors in "", his solo debut album which will be released this upcoming Tuesday, May 10.

"I wanted to let people in on who I am," Morrison told USA Today about the album. "I feel I'm so associated with the show now. I've done so many parts before the show, but this is what everyone knows me as."

The first single from the album, "Summer Rain" talks about making love on the roof. The second one is a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" which was recorded with 's voice as well. From there, Morrison takes it to the next level with an duet on "The Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters and Rocket Man" mash-up.

Just a week before releasing the album, Morrison drops his last bomb with a collaboration. He covers Sting's "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" which original can be found in the rocker's 1996 album "".

The Mercury Records artist has also prepared a major summer tour this year where he would sing both his solos and tracks from "Glee". The first stop is Minneapolis on June 18.

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