om Morello has signed to New West Records. The innovative rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour released his debut solo album as the Nightwatchman, One Man Revolution, in 2007 with its follow up, The Fabled City, quickly appearing the next year. He is set to release his forthcoming third Nightwatchman album, World Wide Rebel Songs, late Summer.
Tom Morello stated, "I'm very excited to be working with New West. Their commitment to their artists is inspiring and I'm looking forward to fanning the flames of discontent with many Nightwatchman releases under their banner." "We are proud to announce the signing of Tom Morello to our roster of great songwriters and performers," says George Fontaine, President and Owner of New West Records. "He is an amazing songwriter and guitar player as well as an inspiring activist. We are honored to be working with Tom at New West."
Tom Morello is an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two artists responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. After releasing two solo albums as The Nightwatchman, Morello formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup in 2009. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26)."
Tom Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Morello's family has been a constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first President of Kenya, and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship counterweight to Tipper Gore's PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). With System of A Down's Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. In the spring of 2008, Morello also launched The Justice Tour, a recurring nationwide concert tour initially formed in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration. Tour stops, which have featured members of Guns and Roses, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, MC5, Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill and many more, have visited cities with a day dedicated to a local charity and a rock show to benefit that charity at each stop.
As a producer, Morello has worked with The Crystal Method, Anti-Flag, P Diddy, and many more. He has also scored compositions for major motion pictures such as the 2008 hit Iron Man (where he was also seen as an actor), it's 2010 sequel Iron Man II, The A-Team, Collateral, Charlie's Angels, Talladega Nights, and more.