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Rita Wilson records first solo CD

Feb. 13, 2012 at 9:19 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The first solo album of American actress, producer and writer Rita Wilson is set for release this spring, Decca Records announced.

The "Sleepless in Seattle" cast member's 14-track CD "AM/FM" will go on sale May 8, the label said.

Wilson, who is the wife of double Oscar winner Tom Hanks, produced the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the movie musical Mamma "Mia!" She also starred in the Broadway musical "Chicago."

For her first solo album, she chose songs "that resonated emotionally with her, that told a story and evoked the era of the '60s and '70s which sparked her singing desires," her label said in a news release.

"That time period was hugely influential on me as a kid and as a teenager," she said in a statement. "I'd spend hours and hours lying on my bed, holding up the albums, reading the liner notes, and learning all the words to these songs that expressed what I was feeling or fantasizing about."

She said the song sequence on the album "tells a story of a very innocent, idealized version of love in the 'AM' section, before it shifts to the 'FM' section and becomes more about the disillusionment that happens after you've had some heartbreaks."

The CD includes Wilson's renditions of "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Never My Love," "Cherish," "Come See About Me," "Angel of the Morning," "Walking in the Rain," "Wichita Lineman," "You Were on My Mind," "Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues," "Love Has No Pride," "Please Come to Boston," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Faithless Love" and "River."

"As I got older, I began to understand that not everything had a happy ending," Wilson said. "So I was drawn to songs by women who wrote about how love was not always the dream fantasy; that there was pain and disappointment involved."

Recorded last spring at Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood, the album features appearances by Chris Cornell, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Browne, Faith Hill, Vince Gill and Patty Scialfa.

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