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If you're a Glee fan who wishes that Mr. Schue would just unbutton his vest and rock out, then today's your lucky day! Matthew Morrison, 32, premiered "Summer Rain," the first single off his upcoming solo album, on Ryan Seacrest's radio show Monday morning. Listen to it right here!
"Summer Rain" is a radio-friendly pop song, but it's more adult-contemporary than Glee fans might expect -- more Jason Mraz than Justin Bieber. And the lyrics are pretty sexy for a guy who makes his living playing a schoolteacher; in fact, the song is pretty clearly about getting it on in public places. Morrison says that he started out making a more Glee-esque album, but realized quickly that it just wasn't his style.
"In the beginning, I was trying to make it a very poppy, kind of vibrant record that a lot of young people could get into," says the Broadway veteran turned TV star. "But I started writing those kinds of songs and it just didn't resonate with me. I don't want a Glee album. I want something that's very personal to me."
For Morrison, that also involved writing his own original music. "They kind of pressured me, at the beginning, to do a bunch of covers," he told Seacrest. "And I thought to be taken seriously as an artist I had to write my own songs, so that's what I did."
"Summer Rain" hits iTunes on March 8, and the as-yet-untitled album (which is two songs away from completion) will be available on May 10.