'Hamilton' Star Anthony Ramos Signs With Republic Records

Anthony Ramos
Shane McCauley

Anthony Ramos

The singer, songwriter and actor will release his debut album later this year.

Republic Records has signed singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Ramos, the label announced on Thursday (June 13).

Ramos, who rose to fame playing the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical Hamilton, is slated to release his debut album later this year with new music coming this summer.

Ramos was the first to announce the deal in the latest episode of his weekly YouTube series It Takes a Village.

Ramos was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and is of Puerto Rican descent. In January 2018 he released his debut solo recording, The Freedom EP, which was inspired by the election of Donald Trump.

“I think legacy is much more important than making money, which is why I needed to work on this music,” Ramos told Billboard in a November 2017 interview promoting the release of two tracks from the EP. “[After the election], what motivated me, I guess, was the shock that most people felt, thinking it was going to go one way and it went another. And then this outrage… Am I going to sit there and have the mentality of whatever happens, happens? There was so much to write about, that to not do something almost felt like a crime.”

As an actor, Ramos currently stars in Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, to which he has lent multiple songs including the original track “Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow.” He’s currently in production on Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of Miranda’s musical In the Heights, in which he plays the lead role. Other recent acting credits include last year’s A Star Is Born and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.