Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is going to get a lot busier in the coming months.
The 22-year-old actress has inked a record deal with Hollywood Records, the same label that has released albums from Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jesse McCartney and the Jonas Brothers, it was announced Tuesday.
“Lucy’s immense talent and passion for music make her a great fit for the label,” said Ken Bunt, executive vice president of Disney Music Group. “We’re very excited to be working with her.”
"I'm overjoyed and honored to become a member of the Hollywood Records family,“ said Hale. “I've admired the careers they've made and can't wait to see how my musical path is paved out. I'd just like to thank Ken Bunt and everyone involved for giving me the chance to show a whole different side of myself, which is a huge passion for music."
Recording for the new album, slated for a 2013 release and will likely be in the country genre, is scheduled to begin later this year.
Hale cited Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" music video as being the catalyst for her interest in pursuing a musical career, in addition to early influences like Shania Twain and Faith Hill.
She showcased her singing chops in the 2011 TV movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song and currently stars in ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.