No Brian, No Stewie, not even a Peter to hide behind: Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad has signed a deal with Universal Republic to put out an album of 40s and 50s standards. But can the man sing?
We’re betting yes, based on two observations:
1) The amount of vocal control it takes to be a voice-over artist, especially one who does different character voices, is astounding. It’s hard to imagine, especially in a controlled studio setting, that he wouldn’t be able to belt out some classic tunes.
2) We’ve seen him sing live before. MacFarlane is a regular at Cafe Brass Monkey in Koreatown (as proven by the Family Guy paraphernalia dotting the walls), where he’s let out his inner [lastfm]Frank Sinatra[/lastfm]. He’s got pipes.
“It’s rare in this day and age to have the opportunity to create an album that celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of rich, lush swing orchestrations,” MacFarlane said. “It will be an absolute joy to sing this music, and I look forward to working with the entire team at Universal Republic on what we intend to make an exceptional project.”
Does this track qualify as a “classic” yet?