"Glee" star and singer/songwriter Matthew Morrison recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Ahead of the season four finale of "Glee" on May 9, Morrison discussed his favorite performances, the impact "Glee" has on music education and how filming the TV musical is similar to boot camp.
"We just finished our fourth season of 'Glee' and to date we have done 548 musical numbers. ... It blows my mind to think [about] that, but it is like kind of a boot camp," said Morrison. "We do choreography, we're in the recording studio all the time and then we shoot the show."
Since its premiere in 2009, "Glee" has featured more than 500 musical numbers, including songs by GRAMMY winners such as Adele, the Beatles, Jay-Z, Madonna, Rihanna, Britney Spears, the Rolling Stones, and Amy Winehouse, among others. The show's debut soundtrack, Glee: The Music, Volume 1, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media in 2010. The "Glee" cast recording of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" also earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
A California native, Morrison first gained fame performing in several Broadway musicals, including "Footloose" and "Hairspray." In 2009 he joined the cast of "Glee," on which he portrays optimistic glee club director Will Schuester. Morrison's portrayal earned him a Satellite Award in 2009 for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical and an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 2010.
Also a recording artist, Morrison's self-titled debut album was released in 2011 and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, with duets featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and GRAMMY winners Elton John and Sting. Morrison's sophomore album, Where It All Began, is set for release June 4. The album features the single "It Don't Mean A Thing."