Another Glee star is stepping out of the choir room and into the studio to record a solo album this summer! And to the surprise of many, it’s neither the leading lady with the gold-star voice, Lea Michele, or the boisterous soul sistah Amber Riley. It's every Gleek's favorite mean girl, Naya Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez.
Her breakout performances as the neck-rolling, closeted lesbian with the sharp tongue and equally sharp vocals have helped keep Glee lovers entertained all season, and after the show’s live concert tour wraps up at the end of the summer, Rivera will begin working on her solo album according to representatives at Columbia Records, with whom she signed a contract earlier this week.
The verdict is still out on exactly what sound to expect from the often raspy, sometimes jazzy and surprisingly powerfully voiced singer who joins the ranks of two of her castmates, Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling, as Gleeks with record deals. On the show she has been able to hold her own singing the likes of Brandy/Monica, ABBA, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and had us all roaring with laughter performing the ultimate Glee original song, “Trouty Mouth.”
Let's hope Rivera channels a combination of her Amy Winehouse and Fleetwood Mac performances to deliver emotionally charged songs with a little spice (and minus the crack, of course).