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OTRC: Jeff Bridges performs 'What a Little Bit of Love Can Do' from his debut album release (Video)

Jeff Bridges during his appearance on 'The Today Show' on August 16, 2011. (NBC)

Audiences know about Jeff Bridges' musical talent from his Academy Award-winning role in "Crazy Heart," where he played a washed up country musician named Bad Blake and performed the film's award-winning song "The Weary Kind."

However, Bridges gave viewers of the "Today Show" another glimpse at his musical talent on Tuesday when he stopped by to perform the song "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" off his self-titled debut album, which also hit stores on Tuesday. The performance can be seen below.

The 61-year-old actor signed a record deal with Blue Note, the Jazz geared label that currently has artists like Norah Jones in its roster. He collaborated with T-Bone Burnett, co-writer of "The Weary Kind" for the album and during his interview on the "Today Show" said some of the songs on the album, including "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do," were considered for the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack but ultimately did not make the cut.

Bridges also contributed his own music compositions to the self-titled album as well as covers of artists like Tom Waits and two covers of his mentor Stephen Bruton. The actor credits Bruton, who co-wrote and co-produced the "Crazy Heart" soundtrack, for helping him find his voice.

Bridges wants people to know that creating and playing music is not a new endeavor for him. "I've been doing it from a teen until now and it's really been a big part of my life," he told "Today Show" host Matt Lauer.

Check out Bridges' performance below.

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