05/31/2014 01:43 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2014

A-Sides With Jon Chattman : Tony Awards Spotlight on Beautiful 's Jarrod Spector

Jarrod Spector a is making quite a name for himself on Broadway by playing music icons. First, he played a record 1,500 performances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, and this year, he's nominated for a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony for his role as songwriting legend Barry Mann in the Carole King musical Beautiful. But there's more to the Philadelphia native than capably stepping into the mighty big shoes of mighty big musicians in mighty big productions. To single out one: he has cut two of his own albums (A Little Help From My Friends: Minor Fall, Major Lift) that capture his truly spectacular range as a vocalist. At the Hyatt Time Square in Manhattan, Spector filmed an A-Sides session, discussing his Beautiful Broadway run, his own music, and everything in-between. He also weighed in on a Don King/Carole King collaboration (yes, you read that right) and performed a classic Animals song from the show. Watch the vids below (filmed by (, and catch some Spector fever. This guy's a star.

* A-Sides' Tony spotlight coverage wraps up this coming week with Rocky star Andy Karl!


About A-Sides Music

Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Rob Zombie, Pharrell Williams, Courtney Love, American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.