You know her from the popular Disney show Austin & Ally, but Laura Marano is no longer Ally Dawson. She’s just Laura, and for her, it’s a wonderful thing. Now that the Disney show has come to a close, Marano can pursue the one dream that she’s always had. That dream is music. Only 20, and the songstress has already accomplished more than many young adults have in their lifetime. Her newest single “BOOMBOX” has over 15 million views, and not to mention, she’s won several awards including, two Kids Choice Awards for Austin & Ally. Marano is the first pop singer to sign to Big Machine Label Group, which perhaps, could be one of the smartest moves the label could make.
But the music industry brings something different to the table, especially when it comes to sharing personal stories. It involves revealing to the audience a sneak peek into your personal life. Sure, the Disney songstress could have released music earlier on, but in some ways, she’s voiced that acting, in a lot of ways, deferred the musical dream she’s always had. She also reveals that she wasn’t always ready to make the move into music. “I didn’t have the time to fully dedicate my life to music like I do now. Though I love acting, it is very time consuming, and it did defer. Also, I don’t think I was in the right space to release music during Austin & Ally. Music is more personal because it’s all about your story, and I was very insecure about both my music and my story.”
It took Ally Dawson to bring Marano out of her insecurities, and gave her more confidence in her music abilities. “Playing Ally made me more confident in my musical abilities, especially since I had to literally perform and record songs for the show,” she states. “I feel like I’m in a much better place now, and I also have more of an opportunity to work on my craft. Of course I still have major insecurities. Everyone does, and I still need to continue working on improving my craft, but releasing music at this point in my life just feels right.”
And now that we have the powerhouse single “BOOMBOX” blaring in our speakers, we’re thankful to Laura for her confidence and shaking off her insecurity to introduce us to the person she is today. “BOOMBOX” is the debut single that will be featured on Marano’s debut LP, and is the perfect introduction. “It’s a great introduction to my style of music. Although I do have a few songs on my album that rock out a little more, a lot of the songs live in the same space as “BOOMBOX” does.” It’s a track that portrays who she is as a person. “ I have a weird obsession with retro technology. I have a flip phone, I watch VHS tapes, so you better believe “BOOMBOX” definitely fits into that obsession.”
After dropping the single, Marano had no idea the amount of success it would receive. “I’m in shock with how much the music video blew up. I remember thinking the first day it came out that I hoped it would hit 100,000 by the end of the day,” she says. “It did, and the next day it hit a million. I have the best fans in the world.”
Nothing compares to the support of your fans, and Marano knows this well. In every way, the pop star wants to her fans to relate to her music and who she is as a person. She not only wants her fans to relate, but she proves that she also appreciates them. Many fans have been wondering whether Marano will be adding her track “Hot Mess” to her album. “Yes it will be on my album. It’s a song about acting like a complete fool because of a certain person in your life.” With that, we are sure the fans can bring that question to rest and prepare for the release of what could be an empowering, powerhouse album that displays Marano’s personal life.
As for being a woman in the industry, Marano believes it’s a strength. “I believe that being a young girl is a strength because I know a good portion of my fans who listen to my music can directly relate to what I’m discussing,” she says. “Music is for all kinds of people, and it should be created and controlled by all kinds of people. Simple as that.”
You can listen to “BOOMBOX” now on Apple Music, and watch the music video above.
To keep up to date with all things Laura, follow her on Twitter @LauraMarano