Megan Hilty's 'It Happens All the Time' Gets 3/12 Release

Megan Hilty's 'It Happens All the Time' Gets 3/12 Release

Megan Hilty's debut album, It Happens All The Time will be available March 12, 2013 from Portrait, Sony Masterworks' new adult contemporary imprint, in partnership with Columbia Records. The album is produced by Grammy-winners Andy Zulla and Jimmy Hogarth and showcases a different side of Hilty, the beloved star of the hit musical TV drama series Smash.

Songs featured on It Happens All The Time include Hilty's fresh interpretations of compositions by stellar contemporary songwriters as Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Bruno Mars and Damien Rice. Also noteworthy are new songs by writers such as Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Duffy), Wayne Hector (James Morrison, One Direction), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Wilson Phillips), Ne-Yo and Carrie Underwood.

The repertoire is a significant step outside of both the musical theater world in which Hilty initially found fame - via Broadway roles as Glinda in Wicked and Doralee Rhodes in 9 To 5: The Musical - as well as her TV character Ivy Lynn in Smash, in which she's sung such noteworthy songs as the Grammy-nominated "Let Me Be Your Star," Carrie Underwood's "Crazy Dreams" and the Rose Royce (and Mary J. Blige) soul hit "I'm Going Down."

With It Happens All The Time, Hilty was determined to display a side of herself that even her fans have yet to see. "I want to show a different side of me because it's the first thing I've ever done that's just me and not attached to any character or story line," says Hilty. "Coming from a musical theater background, everyone expects that I'd do a Broadway album or pop standards. Smash changed all that. We did a completely different arrangement of 'Crazy Dreams,' and it resonated with a lot of people."