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Ansel Elgort Is About to Become Famous for His Music Too

Jul 05, 2016

Twenty-two-year-old actor Ansel Elgort first made a splash in pop culture as the male lead in 2014's tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, opposite Shailene Woodley. Since then, he's played to the teen audience with a role in the Insurgent series and in angsty high school movie Paper Towns. But Elgort — who comes from artistic stock — is apparently not satisfied to set his sights on Hollywood stardom alone. Instead, he's been testing the waters as a musician and singer. (Plus, he can tap dance.)

First there was his DJ persona, Ansolo; he's played a number of high-profile festivals under that moniker. But now we have a straight-up play as a vocal artist. On Monday, Elgort posted an Instagram video of himself playing piano and singing to Shawn Mendes' "Treat You Better." More importantly: in the caption, he announces a further drop of a single called "Home Alone" on Soundcloud next week — and an official release "later this month." You can bet that Elgort's musical star is just beginning to rise: he's got the singing chops, production skills, and name recognition to be a pop force to be reckoned with.

He teased the project on his official Twitter, where he has more than 3 million followers:

A Facebook Live video gave us some further insight into his process of developing and mixing tracks; he sings a stripped-down version of an original song, and then shares the produced version that he's made on his computer. It's very tropical house. Bieber, watch out.

Wanted to show you guys how I've work on music as a writer vocalist and producer! My first vocal single is out in early July next month it's called Home Alone.

Posted by Ansel Elgort on Thursday, June 30, 2016

He also performed a version of the upcoming single "Home Alone" at Ultra Korea a few weeks ago, giving us a peek into the mix of DJ dance track and ballad-style singing when performed live. If this song is any indication of what's to come, then we can expect to hear a lot more of Elgort.

Slipped a new Ansel Elgort track into my Ansolo set at Ultra Korea 🎤😎 #homealone

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