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Friday
Oct122012

Tituss Burgess: Comfortable Interview

Photo Credit: Jennifer Leigh MannI first interviewed Tituss Burgess in 2009 when he participated in the Cutting-Edge Composers II. Since that time, the rising R&B vocalist and songwriter who has starred on television in the Emmy Award winning NBC comedy "30 Rock" and on Broadway in "Jersey Boys" and "The Little Mermaid" has announced the release of his exciting and personal debut album "Comfortable."

Produced by Tituss Burgess and Donnie Kehr, "Comfortable" is a unique and intensely-personal collection of Tituss's original R&B songs that frankly and emotionally explore issues of life and love. In a project that's been in development for two years, he sings boldly and openly about feeling safe in his own skin. "All I Need" is melodic and reflective request for a new love. Displaying his incredible vocal range, "I'll Be Alright" is a nakedly emotional reaction to a troubled relationship, further heightened by a stirring string arrangement. "Stop Calling Me," riding a groove influenced by Steve Wonder's hits of the 1970s, takes an honest look at the financial realities of being a performer in New York. Both this track and "It's Over" hold up expertly with the best of adult contemporary radio. The driving "Glass Ceiling" reflects the inspiration of 1980s performers like Phil Collins. The album's bonus track is a soaring rendition of the popular standard, "For All We Know," recorded live at B.B. King's.

To celebrate the release of "Comfortable," Tituss will perform a special CD release concert at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) with a 10-piece band on Sunday, October 14 at 11:00 PM. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets!

"Comfortable" will be available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.

For more on Tituss be sure to visit http://www.titussburgess.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

1. Since we last spoke in 2009, you have been starring on NBC's hit Emmy Award winning comedy show "30 Rock" in the recurring role of "D'Fawn." What attracted you to "30 Rock" and what have you enjoyed about being on the show? Well, what actor in his right mind would turn down an offer from "30 Rock." And besides they gave me great freedom with my character.

2. You have also performed with some of the biggest symphonies around the world. What does it mean to you to have these opportunities? What did you like most about getting to see the world in such style? If it weren't for the symphonic work I would not have the opportunity to see the world as I've had. I'm not much of a traveler so this has been a bit of a push to get me to see the world.

Photo Crediit: Jennifer Leigh Mann3. Now you are about to release your debut album "Comfortable." How did you come up with the title for the album? "Comfortable" is kind of the common denominator between all of the songs. Not to mention its the title of one of the tracks.

4. All of the songs on the album are originals which you penned. What is your favorite part of the creative process in writing songs? Where is your favorite place to write? My favorite part of the creative process is that no one gets to tell me what to do. Haha. Inspiration strikes me in the most random places.

5. From the press release, it seems the songs you are presenting, are very personal. What is like to expose yourself in this way to your fans? People who know me know that it's hard for me to hide my feelings. And so why would I hide from my fans. I want them to know what's going on.

6. What do you hope listeners come away with after hearing your album? I think listeners would be pleasantly surprised with the new material while still getting the classic sound of Tituss.

Photo Crediit: Jennifer Leigh Mann7. What do you get from writing your own music that you do not get from starring in a theatrical or television show? Because I'm saying/singing my words and not theirs.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a singer/songwriter/actor? I've learned that I have a wide emotional range and I must express it.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? If you want something done do it yourself.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I would love to dream about Beyonce, of course!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Eating and sleeping.

12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Fly like Superman.

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