Meester’s Music Debut

BATD ON May 19, 2009 AT 4:01 pm

Leighton Meester launches her music career

Leighton Meester launches her music career

Gossip Girl by day, music groupie by night! Yes Leighton Meester’s debut album is going to be released by Universal Republic Records

The label has signed the celebrated actress/singer-songwriter Leighton Meester, star of  ‘Gossip Girl,’ through an agreement with Time-Act Music to release her debut album this autumn. Possessing a self-described “passion for music for as long as I can remember,” the multi-talented 23 year old star has been recording the new album in Los Angeles with some of today’s hottest producers including Harvey Mason Jr. (Justin Timberlake, Pink), Polow Da Don (Usher, Fergie, Kelis) and Spencer Nezey (Jupiter Rising). We love her as conservative bitchy Blair Waldorf, so find it hard picturing her rocking out on stage, all caution thrown to the wind. 

It seems Universal Republic Records are pretty pleased with their latest addition, the President and CEO Monte Lipman said “Leighton Meester’s tremendous presence and spirited approach to her musical artistry is a perfect fit with her new Universal Republic home as we introduce current and new fans to this unique facet of her immense talent,”. While Tom MacKay, Senior Vice President of A&R for Universal Republic stated: “Leighton brings boundless energy, focus, and a one-of-a-kind perspective to every facet of her music, We’re thrilled to be working with such a consummate artist.”

Gossip Girl Leighton Meester

Gossip Girl Leighton Meester

And Leighton? Well, she just couldn’t stop gushing: “I’m thrilled to be welcomed into the Universal Republic fold. Their reputation for nurturing artists combined with a willingness to break new ground makes it the ultimate environment for me to enjoy making music and explore my own creative boundaries.  I look forward to a great working relationship.”

Singing so far in the 2007 movie Drive Thru and a memorable duet with the legendary Tony Bennett on the hit HBO series ‘Entourage.’  Citing diverse musical influences such as M.I.A. and Gwen Stefani, she has hinted many of the new songs on her debut effort favour an electro-pop edge.  Most recently, a ‘leaked’ cover version of the Awesome New Republic song “Birthday,” featuring Meester on lead vocals, has been embraced by online fans around the world. She has recently been signed to star in the upcoming Sony Screen Gems thriller ‘The Roommate,‘ directed by Christian E. Christiansen.

Watch this space for more Meester music updates.

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