Disney Channel princess Laura Marano is following the footsteps of the many House of Mouse stars before her by entering the musicsphere with her addictive debut single “Boombox,” a summer-ready love jam tinged with foot-tapping production.
For Marano, 20, a career in music had always been her goal, but her strong ties in the television industry made it a lot easier for her to take the acting route.
“I’ve always wanted to be a singer. Music was always super important to me,” she told On Air with Ryan Seacrest during her in studio appearance Tuesday. “I never had the connections like I did in acting. Acting came first, I’ve been acting since 5, but I’ve always wanted to [sing] and now I’m where I can actually make music my No. 1 priority.”
Prior to inking a deal with Big Machine Records — the Scott Borchetta-captained label that is home to Taylor Swift — in 2016, Marano starred in several Rated-R films including Super Bad and The Jacket, and even appeared as a regular cast member on Fox’s game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.
“[My friends] total didn’t believe that I was an actress,” said Laura, who is now attending the University of Southern California for a degree in media political philosophy and law. “When I did Fifth Grader, the one thing that I wasn’t acting in, everyone was freaking out in fifth grade. I was a popular fifth grader.”
However, Marano didn’t launch from obscurity until she scored the role of Ally Dawson on Disney’s Austin & Ally, which also starred R5‘s Ross Lynch and Raini Rodriguez. Now, after the show’s four season run on the network, Marano is Laser-focused on writing tracks for her as-yet-untitled debut studio album.
Until the project arrives in full, fans can purchase her debut single “Boombox” on iTunes here.