The Tony-winner releases a new, moving video costarring Charlie Carver as his love interest from his upcoming solo album Sing to Me Instead

By Julie Jordan
February 13, 2019 09:00 AM
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Ben Platt is ready to make his own music.

With the upcoming release of his debut solo album, Sing to Me Instead, Platt, 25, is premiering the video for the second track, “Ease My Mind,” exclusively on PEOPLE.

The album, out March 29, is a deeply personal exploration of Platt’s romantic life with 12 songs that depict “a roller coaster of a relationship that is an amalgam of the ones I’ve had,” he says. For the video, the actor enlisted the help of his close friends — Nick Lieberman to direct and actor Charlie Carver to costar as his love interest.

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“It was just incredibly natural to want to represent that as the story of the song when we’re expressing it visually,” adds Platt.

“When we were conceptualizing this sort of loose narrative that we wanted to connect through the videos, there was not really any moment where we had to decide it should be about me and a man as opposed to anything else because it was just, ‘We’re going to represent what this was inspired by,’ which was this man that I was in love with. So it was really a no-brainer.”

Platt is grateful for the “first opportunity to represent my relationships and the men that I’ve loved” through his art. “I’ve been out since I was 12 years old to my family and anyone in my life,” he adds. “I’ve never sort of hidden that or been ashamed by it. It’s just part of me.”

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Ben Platt
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“Ease My Mind” follows Platt’s first track, “Bad Habit,” which also features a cameo by Carver in its video — both are available now via all digital music retailers and streaming services.

For more of Platt’s exclusive interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.

The actor co-wrote 40-50 songs in the last year since leaving Dear Evan Hansen and narrowed it down to a specific arc for the album. While excited for his fans to hear his latest work, Platt admits he “definitely got very anxious and started to really process the reality of sharing these songs with everyone and sharing myself with everyone.”

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“You know you don’t have that safety net of this greater project or character or other people’s words,” adds the singer, who recently performed his first two tracks for intimate crowds — including singer Sam Smith — at L.A.’s The Nice Guy lounge and New York City’s Bowery Hotel.

“But I really felt like the only reason I wanted to do this was to try to do that authentically and have the opportunity to show myself sort of outside the context of characters.”

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On May 3, the actor will kick off a month-long tour for the album in Chicago with dates to follow in 11 more cities around the country and Canada. Fans can pre-order the album and receive exclusive access to tickets beginning Feb. 15.

For more on Platt’s new music, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.