Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sappy Tuesday

Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and others went on to pop stardom after appearing on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" as kids. Co-star Matt Morris just wanted to go home.

"I didn't want to rush toward a rich-and-famous contract," said Morris, now 30, tattooed and married, with a dark beard framing a grin. "I just wanted to go to high school."

He kept in touch though, writing songs with and for Timberlake and Aguilera over the years. And on Tuesday, Morris is releasing his own album on Timberlake's Tennman Records. "When Everything Breaks Open" is the first full-length national release for Timberlake's label.

"I've known Matt since I was 10," Timberlake said, "so we've watched each other grow up with music around us constantly. It goes without saying that I think Matt is beyond gifted, and it's just nice to have a forum where he can put his music out and trust the person taking care of it."

"When Everything Breaks Open," co-produced by Timberlake, took two years to record, with plenty of people contributing. Timberlake, Patty Griffin and Edie Brickell provided background vocals. Morris' husband, Sean Michael Morris, inspired the song "Love."

The lyrics for "Love" don't mention the singer's object of affection, but Morris doesn't hide his husband in the liner notes on his album. The two went to California to get married.

"When certain fundamental elements of life become political, like love, to have any integrity, you have to have a political voice," he said. ''You just have to be honest."

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