Rita Wilson releasing an album
October 29th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Rita Wilson releasing an album

Billboard reports that actress Rita Wilson has announced she’s becoming a singer, releasing her first album this February.

Earlier this week, Tom Hanks’ wife popped in to the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference and discussed her upcoming debut album, titled "AM/FM."

Wilson, 55, told the conference crowd she’s “always felt more comfortable with music than with acting,” and shared that her album is inspired by childhood memories. "We used to sit in the back seat of our parent's car, hear songs on the AM radio and sing along," Rita said of her Los Angeles upbringing.

The actress may have been inspired to record by her 21-year-old son Chester Hanks, who goes by the stage name “Chet Haze.” Chet is a Northwestern student and budding rapper known best for his university-inspired take on Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.”

But Wilson has also had her own experience with music, having appeared as Roxy in the 2006 Broadway revival of "Chicago." She was also a producer on the musical movie "Mamma Mia."

Professional experience and family ties aside, Rita says just growing up listening to the radio was a musical education in itself.

"You could learn how to sing harmony by listening to the Everly Brothers' ‘[All I Have To Do Is] Dream,’ and learn about melody or songwriting by listening to Carole King,” she said. “They were not only great songs, but great teachers as well."

"So many people have tried to do it and came before me," Wilson said of crossing over into the music industry. "I want people to think I deserve to be here, and not someone who woke up one morning and decided to make an album."

soundoff (20 Responses)

    Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang so awfully in Momma Mia that I would never tell anyone I produced, or was in anyway connected to it. Rita, love you, and Sure hope you sing better, but I am worried about your being tone deaf.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cali Cutie

    One question: was Tom Hanks blind? He could do sooooooo much better. She's a nobody and nothing to run home to for sure.

    November 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |


    November 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pamela

    Luckiest woman on earth. Period.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rock

    I thought it was Sheryl Crow...

    November 1, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ricardo

    Rita Wilson is one class act, no matter which way you looks at her.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. 1977

    Do any of you know how much money they contribute to charities since that seems to be the gist of the complaints in here. I really think that most of you are very jealous and hate your life. There is no other reason than that GROW UP PEOPLE !!!

    October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      stfu already – so your opinion is better or more important than everyone elses?

      November 1, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. 1977

    Wow I love this....... NOT a one of you in here that are giving her crap has even listened to the CD and you have already made up your mind that it's going to be bad. Any of you that complained... do you sing and or are you just that unhappy about your own life. Seriously I'm asking what's wrong with any of you that has a negitive comment? Answer the question and you better make it a good one because I see no reason for this crap. Let us her you sing so we can crap on you. What don't have the guts???? come on down load a song for us.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chel

    Oh my god! I think she did wake up one morning and at 55 said I'm bored Tom maybe I'll make an album.Please!

    October 30, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Check out http://www.celebur.com for more celebrity news.

    October 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. juljo

    I am looking forward to all of the naysayers being put to shame, because Ms. Wilson has got the chops!

    October 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. madhater

    Somebody get that b!tch a Slayer album.

    October 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Samantha

    I think a lot of these comments are rude and just plain stupid. She's clearly worked her way up and it's not about who she is married to!
    "why does every body in hollywood think they can sing?" It's that industry! It's their passion!
    As for the money- that power couple, along with the majority of people in "Hollywood", contribute to organizations more then you probably ever will be able to.
    I'm very excited for this album!!

    October 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    "I have allot of money by virtue of my hubby so lets give this a try. I'm 55 but who cares, I have money to waste on a whim" Here's a thought Tom, donate the cash to a homeless shelter. It will pay bigger dividends in the long run...

    October 30, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    This should be fun to hear! And for her 2nd album there will be duets with William Shatner & Jada Pinkett Smith! Lol!!

    October 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sarah

    Oh dear Lord..stop these people..too much money and bored..don't inflict this on us..instead use the money to feed the homeless

    October 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Here's an idea, Sarah, instead of complaining about bored, rich Hollywood people "inflicting" their projects on us, why not just not buy this one's music? Then she's not inflicting anything on you.

      October 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Nightingale

    Why, why, oh why does everyone in Hollywood think they can sing?

    October 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. vernelle burkins

    O my god

    October 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |

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