Ben Platt releases debut album


Ben Platt released his debut album featuring 12 original songs that express very emotional aspects of his life.

You may have seen him on the stage of the Music Box theatre as Evan Hansen, or you might even remember him from the box office hit “Pitch Perfect,” but he is back and better than ever with his own original music.

Tony winner Ben Platt released his debut album “Sing to Me Instead” on March 29, featuring 12 original songs. The album debuted as the number one pop album and number two overall album on iTunes.

Prior to the album’s release, Platt released four of the songs from the album: “Bad Habit,” “Ease My Mind,” “Temporary Love” and “Grow As We Go,” each with an accompanying music video. The music videos have garnered a lot of attention, receiving a combined total of over six million views on YouTube.

His song “Bad Habit” is about a lost love that he cannot seem to escape. Platt sings, “Hate to say that I love you, hate to say that I need you, hate to say that I want you, but I do,” showing how he keeps falling back into a relationship he thought he was done with.

In “Ease My Mind,” he opens up about his struggles with anxiety, singing about waking up with pits in his chest and restless nights without sleep. “When they pull me under, and I can feel my sanity start to unwind, darling, only you can ease my mind,” Platt sings.

Most of the songs on Platt’s album are very emotional and reveal a lot about his personal life. He used his music to open up about his sexuality and come out to the public as gay. For example, many of the songs on the album outline Platt’s relationships with men, and the music video for “Ease My Mind” depicts Platt in a relationship with a man.

“I really like the emotional aspect of his songs and the vulnerability that he expresses through his music,” Hayley Buckman ’21 said.

Along with his new album, Platt announced that he will be going on tour to sing his new songs. There are a total of 11 shows in the United States and one show in Canada.

The multi-platform artist showed that following his success on the broadway stage, he can hold his own as a pop artist as well.