AceShowbiz - Darren Criss has become the first "Glee" star to write original songs for the show. The actor, who plays Blaine Anderson, co-wrote "Rise" with friends Theo Katzman, Sam Hollander, Andrew Thielk, Eddie Montilla and Korey Richmond for the March 6 episode of the show.
The upbeat track has been leaked online in full. It will be sung by members of the New Directions. According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, "Rise" had been composed with "Glee" in mind, but it had not been set for a specific episode.
However, that changed when Criss read "The Rise & Fall of Sue Sylvester" which will air next week. He reportedly "realized the lyrics and tone of the song fit in not only with the storyline but also with an actual line of dialogue earlier in the episode about 'rising from the ashes.' "
Criss, who was recently set to star in Broadway play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", also penned "This Time" which will be featured in the series finale scheduled to air on March 20. It will be one of the last songs sung by Lea Michele's Rachel Berry.
"Glee" wrapped the production on its sixth and final season last week, on Saturday, February 21. Original stars like Dianna Agron, Jonathan Groff and Jessalyn Gilsig are going to return for the series finale.