From Broadway to Pop Star: Ben Platt's Move from Musical Theater to Pop Music
Tony Award winning actor for Best Actor in a Musical, Ben Platt, will be releasing a pop album at the end of this month. If you're like me, and you've watched a low-quality, bootlegged copy of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen on YouTube, you're probably familiar with Platt. Or maybe you're more into traditional media, and would recognize him as Benji from the films Pitch Perfect, and Pitch Perfect 2. If you don't know who he is already, I guarantee you're going to want to find out. With his incredible vocal talent, and the stories he's able to convey through song, his music is sure to leave an impression.
Before becoming a pop musician, Ben spent his time acting both on stage, and on screen. From TV shows to Movies, and most notably his stint as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen, Platt has been delighting audiences for the past seven years. At just 25 years old, he's already been in two incredibly popular films, won a Tony, shot an upcoming TV series (The Politician), and is now releasing a pop album entitled Sing to Me Instead.
In a recent interview with People Magazine, Platt who co-wrote every track on his upcoming album, said that he drew inspiration from his own personal life and past relationships. He makes it clear that in releasing the album, he's releasing a part of his authentic self into the world. Including the fact that the songs he's written are all about men. According to the article, Ben came out as gay when he was twelve years old, but up until now, his sexuality hasn't been prevalent in his professional life.
Although it's not completely unheard of in 2019, it's still rare to turn on the radio and hear someone singing about their same-gender partner. For those of us who feel invisible in media, representation is and will continue to be important. It's one of the reasons I was so excited when I heard about Sing to Me Instead. When I first read about the album, I instantly went in search of the four music videos that have been released thus far and was delighted to see that the gay representation was even more prominent in the visuals. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the music. I expected it to be great, what I didn't expect was for it to be so heart-wrenching and relatable.
In the debut single, “Bad Habit,” Platt weaves a beautifully broken tale of need and deception. Paired with gospel infused soul, a singer-songwriter vibe, and a musical theater vibrato, the track will elicit every last one of your past bad habits and leave you feeling both exposed, and emotional. If you weren't in your feelings before you started listening, you'll be in deep after about the first thirty seconds of the song. The other three pre-release tracks; “Ease My Mind,” “Grow as We Go,” and “Temporary Love,” are shining examples of music that will touch your heart and leave you wanting more. Fortunately, Ben Platt's debut album Sing to Me Instead is set to be released this coming Friday, March 29th , and I can't wait to listen and follow up with a review.