Actor Robert Downey Jr. has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, which will release his debut album Nov. 23. The set, which is not yet titled, will include eight pop ballads written by Downey, on which he sings and plays piano. The album also contains two covers: Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” which features Charlie Haden on bass, and Yes’ “Your Move.” Production is by Jonathan Elias and Mark Hudson.
Downey has sung in several films and TV appearances, including “Ally McBeal” and the film “Chaplin,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He has also written songs that appear in the films “Too Much Sun,” “Two Girls and a Guy” and “Friends and Lovers.”
“Robert is a brilliantly gifted songwriter who writes lyrics that are wise and moving,” says Sony Classical president Peter Gelb. “His burnished, smokey voice is an expressive and touching medium for the songs that he has written.”