Holly Holliday will be making sweet music with Will Schuester once more. Translating from Gleek speak, Oscar-winning actress-turned-singing staple Gwyneth Paltrow will be crooning yet another number with Matthew Morrison.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Paltrow will appear on Morrison’s upcoming solo album, which is due out on May 10. On “Glee,” recurring guest Paltrow — who plays flaky substitute teacher Holliday — has covered Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” and Prince’s “Kiss,” the latter of which she performed with Morrison’s Mr. Schue.
Now, the Golden Globe-nominated Morrison is having the “Country Strong” star help him out on his debut record, on a tune that’s become almost synonymous with his “Glee” character: “Over the Rainbow.” As Morrison told EW, “People kind of know me for that song now.”
The Broadway-trained actor not only used the timeless “Wizard of Oz”
number for his “Glee” audition, but also sang it with co-star Mark Salling (who released his own solo effort, Pipe Dreams, in 2010) during the season-one finale — both times accompanying himself on ukulele.
“I wanted to do a duet with a female. I thought that was a good song to do, and we really did a different arrangement of it,” Morrison explained about the version he recorded for his album. “It’s a lot of strings, and it’s beautiful.”
Morrison admitted that he felt nervous about approaching Paltrow to see if she’d participate in the recording. “The hardest part of doing this album was asking these people favors, like Elton [John] and her,” he said. “I’m so not that guy.”
In addition to Paltrow and John, Morrison also has ’NSYNC member JC Chasez lined up for a duet on a song titled “Dancing in the Rain.”
While there’s no word yet on who, if any, of his “Glee” castmates will appear on the record — both Jessalyn Gilsig and Jayma Mays had championed to get their own duets on the album — co-star Jenna Ushkowitz has already been singing its praises .
Ushkowitz, who plays glee-club member Tina Cohen-Chang on the show, told MTV News on the red carpet of the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, “His music is really great.” She went on to say that Morrison “made his own sound” on the album, while adding that it was “a little bit of Justin Timberlake … [and] symphonic-sounding.”
Morrison has yet to announce a title for album, though the actor did reveal to MTV News at Clive Davis’ post-Grammy bash in February that My Name has been considered as a possibility.
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