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Justin Timberlake protege Matt Morris: Listen here and weigh in!

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Singer-songwriter and Mickey Mouse Club vet Matt Morris releases his debut tomorrow, titled When Everything Breaks Open, on Justin Timberlake’s Tennman Records (an affiliate of Interscope). It’s worth noting that Morris co-wrote Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independent,” but those looking for hardcore pop here are likely to be disappointed: Timberlake produced the record alongside the multi-faceted Charlie Sexton, and the latter’s influence is certainly all over the bluesy feel of the tracks available on Morris’s MySpace page — especially de facto first single, “Money,” the recording of which you can hear a snippet of above.

Morris has a pleasant, supple voice, and a light style that places him square in the center of the current boy-folk crop of John Mayers and Eric Hutchinsons and Mason Jenningses (though the latter’s more or less moved on of late). Not sure if he’s likely to find more than a cult following and a few Grey’s Anatomy spots, but he’s certainly got the lineage to do much more. What do you think, Mixers? Is to your liking?

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