From Pretty in Pink to Sixteen Candles to The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald was a charter member of the illustrious '80s actors' clan known as The Brat Pack. But as ET's Brooke Anderson recently found out during a chat with the star, many fans aren't even aware that she's also an accomplished singer about to release her first jazz CD!
"You know, I started out as a singer because my father is a jazz musician, so it was always what I thought I was going to do," explains the 45-year-old star of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Molly says her first album -- a collection of jazz standards titled Except...Sometimes -- will actually pay tribute to her famous movie past.
The CD includes the song Don't You (Forget About Me) -- a mega-hit for the band Simple Minds and the iconic theme for her 1985 classic film The Breakfast Club. "It's the only contemporary song on the album and I think it has a special place in my heart because of my past -- and it's dedicated to (Breakfast Club director) John Hughes, so I really love that one."
In addition to releasing Except...Sometimes on Concord Records April 9, Molly is also kicking off a tour the same day at Los Angeles club Rockwell. When asked whether any Brat Packers are likely to show up at any of her shows, she responded, "Definitely my friends. The Brat Pack is really kind of a myth you know -- they're just people."
Watch the video to get a sneak peek of Molly performing her music and to also learn how the mom of three juggles her many career responsibilities with motherhood!