Laura Marano is an American actress and singer. She began acting when she was 5 years old and is best known for her role as Ally Dawson in the hit Disney Channel original music series, Austin & Ally. The show began airing in 2011 and ended in 2016. In March 2015, Marano became the first pop artist to sign with Big Machine Label Group, a record label home to many accomplished artists including Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Lane. Marano released her first single, Boombox, on March 11, 2016 and is set to release her debut album in the fall of 2016.