There will be a new face on Joan Osborne‘s upcoming fall tour dates, but some of the music he’s written is already familiar. Singer-songwriter Matt Morris, who opens for Osborne on a 22-date run, has penned songs for Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake.

After a solo performance on September 20 in Denver, CO, Morris will join Osborne’s Little Wild One Tour on September 25 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. The trek ends with an October 26 gig at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA.

Morris is touring in support of his Tennman Records debut “Backstage at Bonnaroo and Other Acoustic Performances,” scheduled for a September 23 release. The five-song EP was spontaneously recorded one night during Morris’ opening run at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and features his socially conscious solo material. Morris is expected to release his follow-up studio album “The Un-American LP” later in the year.

“He’s kind of like Ray LaMontagne meets Elton John meets Stevie Wonder meets Rufus Wainwright,” said Timberlake, who is chairman and CEO of Tennman, in a statement. “It’s time for the birth of the hybrid artist.”

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“I come from a family where music is played at every large gathering. Where people sway in their seats to the melody, and sing along to old familiar songs,” Morris is quoted on his Web site. “That will always be a part of who I am — a part of my music. And, when I tour with Joan [Osborne] this year, that’s what the audience will hear.”

Morris’ songwriting credits include Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independent,” Justin Timberlake’s “(Anoher Song) All Over Again,” and five songs on Christina Aguilera’s “Stripped” album.

Matt Morris itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 20 Denver, CO Walnut Room *
September 25 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 26 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater & PAC
September 27 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
September 29 Annapolis, MD Ram’s Head Tavern
September 30 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place
October 1 Louisville, KY Bomhard Theatre
October 3 Nashville, TN Belcourt Theater
October 4 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
October 5 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
October 9 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
October 10 Los Angeles, CA The El Rey Theatre
October 11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
October 13 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
October 14 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
October 17 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
October 18 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse
October 20 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
October 21 Chicago, IL Park West Theatre
October 23 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls
October 24 Somerville, MA Somerville Theatre
October 25 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
October 26 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live

* solo show