“I am drunk with excitement at this opportunity,” Laurie said in a statement. “I know the history of actors making music is a checkered one, but I promise no one will get hurt.”
“I am particularly thrilled to be working with [Grammy award-winning music producer] Joe Henry, who has produced some of my favorite records of all time,” Laurie added. “I can’t wait to get started.”
A self-taught musician, Laurie has played guitar, piano and/or sang as part of several of his acting roles, including ‘House,’ the British series ‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie‘ and the film ‘Jeeves and Wooster.’
He also performed a humorous, Bob Dylan-esque protest song during an October 2006 ‘Saturday Night Live‘ hosting gig, and he is a recurring member of Band From TV (which also features small-screen stars such as ‘Heroes’ Greg Grunberg and ‘Desperate Housewives’ James Denton).
A release date for Laurie’s album has yet to be announced, though it could arrive as soon as this fall.