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OTRC: Jeff Bridges signs record deal, set to release his debut album in the summer

Jeff Bridges talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about 'Tron: Legacy.' (OTRC)

Jeff Bridges won an Oscar in 2009 for playing a washed up musician who makes a career comeback with a heartfelt song in "Crazy Heart" and now the actor is imitating his art with his own album debut due out this summer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor signed a record deal with Blue Note, the Jazz geared label that currently has artists like Norah Jones in its roster.

The actor is collaborating with T-Bone Burnett, who also won an Oscar for his work on "Crazy Heart" where he co-wrote the song "The Weary Kind."

Bridges will contribute his own music compositions on the currently untitled album as well as covers of artists like Tom Waits.

The 61-year-old also dons the May cover of Esquire magazine where he opens up about his new foray into the music world. "Acting, man," Bridges told the magazine. "Believe me, I like life to come at me a little slower than that. I was just playing the calm guy?.But I am taking advantage of the opportunity. Now's the perfect time for me to do something like this."

He adds, "But I am taking advantage of the opportunity," he says, smiling with his eyes and his mouth. He smiles a lot. It's his default expression. "Now's the perfect time for me to do something like this."

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