Tituss Burgess - 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. He will perform a special CD release concert at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) with a 10-piece band tonight, October 14 at 11:00 PM.
Tickets - which are available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com - are $15 in
advance and $18 at the door. The album will be available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.
Comfortable is a unique and intensely-personal collection of Burgess'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.
The album is produced by Tituss Burgess and Donnie Kehr.
Tituss Burgess is best known for his recurring role as "D'Fawn" on the hit NBC series "30 Rock." He has originated memorable roles in the original Broadway casts of Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid and played "Nicely Nicely Johnson" in the 2009 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, opposite Oliver Platt and Craig Bierko. Burgess has headlined at major symphonies throughout the world including the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and top concert venues such as 54 Below and Birdland, and opened for Bette Midler and sang for Julia Roberts. Other television credits include "A Gifted Man" and "Blue Bloods" in addition to appearances on "The View," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America" and "Late Night with David Letterman." Other recordings include his solo EPHere's To You - currently available on iTunes - , Keys: The Music of Scott Alan, This Ordinary Thursday: The Songs of Georgia Stitt, Love On A Summer Afternoon: Songs of Sam Davis and Schoolhouse Rock! Earth. Tituss is represented by Soffer/Namoff Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter at @TitussBurgess.