Actor/singer Jussie Smollett's starring role on new hip-hop based drama Empire has landed him a recording contract at Columbia Records.

The former child star, who portrays Terrence Howard's musician son Jamal Lyon on the hit Tv series, reveals he is starting work on a solo project and he is hoping to recruit his onscreen dad and Empire songwriter and producer Timbaland for collaborations.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia. So darling, I'm label mates with Beyonce and Adele and Barbra Streisand...

"It's going to be a whole different thing. Now, the Empire family will still have something to do with it. I would love for Terrence to come and oversee the production of all of the music. And I would love for Timbaland to come on and (hip-hop producer) Jim Beanz. We've all talked and they're all down to work on it."

The album will be Smollett's first. The 31 year old previously released an Ep, titled The Poisoned Hearts Club, in 2012.