Date: 27th September 2004

Robert Downey Jr to release an album

Robert Downey Jnr is to carve out a new career as a singer after signing a recording contract with Sony Classical.

His first album, including eight of his own compositions, is already scheduled for release in November, reports Billboard.

"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."

Downey sings and plays piano on the album which also contains two covers, Charlie Chaplin's Smile and Yes's Your Move.

The actor 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.

Source: Press Release