01/14/2010 at 12:00 AM EST
star Matthew Morrison
-- known to Gleeks everywhere as Will Schuester, the adorable and optimistic leader of McKinley High's show choir -- has officially graduated to the big-time with a record deal.
Morrison, who signed to Mercury Records, will soon head into the recording studio to begin production of his debut album, which is scheduled for release in the fall -- just in time for season 2 of FOX's hit musical comedy
Morrison's rising star is burning even brighter since his nomination for a Golden Globe
for his role as Will.
, Morrison, 31, showed off his acting and singing chops in the Broadway musicals Hairspray
, The Light in the Piazza
, for which he was nominated for a Tony, and the revival of South Pacific
at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York. --Blane Bachelor
Tell us: Will you buy Matthew Morrison's album? What kind of music do you want to hear from him?