BIG MACHINE RECORDS RECORDING ARTIST LAURA MARANO TO HOST WEEKLY SHOW ON RADIO DISNEY

Burbank, CA (January 5, 2016) – "For The Record With Laura Marano," a weekly one-hour show chronicling Laura Marano's journey as she launches her music career, will premiere TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET on Radio Disney and the Radio Disney app. Marano, best known for starring as singer and songwriter Ally Dawson in the hit Disney Channel comedy series "Austin & Ally," will take listeners through her experience recording her first solo album with Big Machine Records, and the dedication it takes to pursue one's dreams. The show will also include interviews with some of music's biggest stars.

"We've seen Laura build both a huge fan following worldwide and a path to her goals and now she's well on her way to realizing her musical dreams. She has the critical elements that have fueled the success of all great careers -- talent, commitment and positivity -- and through her new show, Radio Disney listeners will learn about her vision and experience, said Phil Guerini, VP, Music Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Networks.

"Disney has been my home for so many years, and I am humbled and excited to share my new adventure with my fans," said Marano. "I can't wait for Radio Disney's listeners to come with me on my journey."

Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with her fellow "Austin & Ally" star Ross Lynch for the 2013 soundtrack "Austin & Ally: Turn It Up." Marano and Lynch also recorded the duet "I Love Christmas" for Disney Channel's holiday album, "Holidays Unwrapped." In February 2014, Marano recorded "The Me That You Don't See" for the album "Disney Channel Play It Loud."

"Austin & Ally" and Marano won 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in the Favorite Kids TV Show and Favorite TV Actress categories.

Marano's acting career began at age five, performing in numerous plays at the Agoura Children's Theatre. She guest-starred on many television series including "Heroes," "Children's Hospital," "Flash Forward," "Little Monk," "Medical Investigation," "Huff" and "Joan of Arcadia." Additionally, she had recurring roles on "Without a Trace" and "The Sarah Silverman Program," and was a series regular on "Back to You" and the game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" On the big screen, Marano voiced characters in the animated features "Finding Nemo" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown." She also appeared in the George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh produced film "The Jacket," as well as Judd Apatow's "Superbad." Aside from music and acting, Marano has also curated a collection of prom dresses for fashion designer Sherri Hill.

Radio Disney, part of Radio Disney Networks, is a multi-platform music brand known for introducing new artists and playing the music of many of today's most popular young artists, including, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes. It is widely recognized by the music industry as an influencer to drive music awareness and is among a select group of mainstream radio stations tracked by Billboard and Mediabase music panels. Radio Disney's Top 40 playlist is driven by listener requests and represents major label recording artists, including One Direction, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony and Demi Lovato. Billboard magazine has also twice cited Radio Disney in its "Maximum Exposure" list, which names the Top 100 ways to get music noticed. Radio Disney reaches millions of listeners each week across its national feed originating from Los Angeles, RadioDisney.com, the iHeartRadio app, Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 79, ShowMobile, Aha Radio, Slacker, TuneIn, iTunes Radio, and the Radio Disney iOS and Android Apps.