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Ben Platt: SING TO ME INSTEAD

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GRAMMY®, Tony®, and Emmy® Award-winner Ben Platt has released his highly anticipated debut album. Sing To Me Instead is available at all music retailers and streaming services.

Platt celebrated the arrival of Sing To Me Instead with a stellar pair of performances on NBC’s TODAY, including renditions of the LP’s “Older” and “Grow As We Go.” Platt has already heralded Sing To Me Instead with a number of high profile TV appearances, including “Bad Habit” on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and “Temporary Love” on the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Sing To Me Instead has already proved a full-fledged sensation, with tracks released thus far earning more than 16 million global audio and video streams in the weeks leading up to the LP release. Highlights include “Bad Habit,” “Ease My Mind,” “Grow As We Go,” and “Temporary Love,” all of which are joined by official companion videos.

In addition to an incredible response from fans, the tracks have been greeted by critical acclaim, with the Los Angeles Times declaring, “‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Ease My Mind’ showcase (Platt’s) signature vibrato and guttural vulnerability. The piano-driven ballads begin a story of love and loss that’s told on his debut solo album.”

Platt is currently gearing up for his highly anticipated Sing To Me Instead headline tour, set to kick off May 3rd at Chicago, IL’s famed Chicago Theatre and travel through North America, culminating with a show at Los Angeles, CA’s iconic Dolby Theatre on May 24th (see attached itinerary). The tour – which features support from Wrabel and Ben Abraham – includes performances at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre in Austin on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas on Sunday, May 19, 2019. A limited number of VIP packages are available, including post show receptions with Platt, photos, Q & A’s and much more.

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The announcement of Sing To Me Instead was celebrated with exclusive performances from Platt at New York’s Bowery Hotel and Los Angeles’ The Nice Guy, followed by returns to both cities for a pair of extraordinary pop-up events. The immersive gallery installations – which saw surprise performances each night from Platt himself – drew unprecedented demand, including three packed nights on NYC’s Lower East Side, and an unplanned second performance added in Los Angeles due to the sheer number of fans lined up down the street and around two blocks.

The winner of the 2017 Tony® Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Evan Hansen in the smash hit, Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt is one of today’s most extraordinary talents – a truly multi-faceted actor, singer, and all-around performer. Sing To Me Instead sees him making a remarkable arrival as recording artist and songwriter, co-writing all of the album’s 12 songs. Described by its creator as “an amalgam of a bunch of different relationships in my past, and the very small amount that I’ve learned while grappling with love and romance,” the LP is marked by a striking, deeply emotive brand of classic popcraft, enlivened with sweeping vocals and Platt’s undeniable charm and versatility.

Sing To Me Instead marks Platt’s first recorded output since his duet with Lin-Manuel Miranda on “Found/Tonight,” a featured installment in the remarkable HAMILDROP series. The track – which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Digital Song Sales” chart – sees the two Broadway superstars teaming up for an original medley of Hamilton’s “The Story of Tonight” with “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.

Prior to that, Platt was featured as lead vocalist and star of 2017’s DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING), Atlantic Records’ GRAMMY® Award-winning companion to the Tony® Award-winning musical. One of only seven cast albums to reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200 in the last 50 years, the LP made a momentous chart debut upon its initial February 2017 release, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #8 with sales equivalents in excess of 28,000 – the highest debut position for an original cast album since 1961 and second highest digital sales debut ever for a cast album.

In addition to his Tony® Award triumph, Platt received a GRAMMY® Award for his role on the DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING), as well as a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award for his part in the cast’s powerful performance of “You Will Be Found” on NBC’s TODAY. His rapidly growing body of work also includes memorable roles in the Tony® Award-winning original Broadway production of The Book of Mormon and the blockbuster films, Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, amongst many others. Platt will next lead an all-star cast in the much-anticipated new series, “The Politician,” produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan and co-starring Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Zoey Deutch. Co-executive produced by Platt, “The Politician” will premiere on Netflix on September 27th. Platt will also star in the upcoming film Run This Town, which earned wide-ranging praise upon its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Steve Grand: “Pink Champagne”

“All-American Boy” Steve Grand is back is a new video. “Pink Champagne” is the fourth single from his latest album, not the end of me, that Grand has released a video for. It addresses the fine line between ‘fun’ and ‘toxic’ when it comes to alcohol consumption.

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“‘Pink Champagne’ explores my tumultuous relationship with alcohol, from within the lighter context of fun and partying, to the darker moments where it’s consumed in excess and/or isolation in a misled attempt to mask pain,” Grand told PRIDE.

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Cub Sport: “Limousine”

Australian indie alt-pop band Cub Sport kicked of the first week of their North American tour with the premiere of their latest video for Limousine from their self-titled third studio album.

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Grayson: HEAD TO HEAD

Non-binary American singer-songwriter Grayson has released their debut EP Head To Head, produced by Aidan, which is out now via One Half Records.

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Non-binary American singer-songwriter Grayson has released their debut EP Head To Head, produced by Aidan, which is out now via One Half Records. You can find the album at all retail and digital outlets including Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Of the EP, Grayson says, “For the first time I’m able to be openly myself with this release. I’m extremely lucky and thankful for my team, especially the genius producer of the record, Aidan.”

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To celebrate, Grayson has also released the music video for “Cherry Pits.” Of the “Cherry Pits” video, Grayson adds, “Finding my identity as an artist and a human has been a challenging and ongoing process. The video is a light hearted and a playful riff off of that – but I also think there’s importance behind the variety of emotions shown, and at times the intensity.”

Grayson is a non-binary American singer/songwriter who grew up in the Mormon Church. They have been singing in front of audiences since they were three years old. At seventeen they relocated to Seattle where they co-founded the indie synth-pop band NeuYouth.

A fashion chameleon who changes their look on a weekly basis- they are a social media darling, in-demand model, make-up artist, and fashion stylist. When not collaborating with sought after creatives on various projects they are recording music. Grayson currently resides in Los Angeles where they enjoy hikes in Elysian Park while trying to perfect their lifelong dream of whistling through their teeth.

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