Before releasing her debut EP in 2011, Sara Ramírez began her career as a Tony Award-winning actress, scoring major roles on Broadway while enjoying sporadic work in film and television. She spent her early childhood in Mexico and eventually moved to San Diego, where she honed her vocal abilities at a performing arts school. Continuing her studies at the Juilliard School, Ramírez relocated to New York City and remained there after graduation, making her Broadway debut in Paul Simon’s The Capeman at the age of 23. Although she also landed small roles in movies (You’ve Got Mail, Spider-man) and a host of TV shows, Ramírez did her best work on Broadway, earning her first Tony Award in 2005 for her work in the original cast of Spamalot.
After leaving Spamalot, Ramírez turned her attention back to television by joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy in 2006. Although playing the role of Dr. Callie Torres didn’t necessarily require her to sing, Ramírez still found ways to showcase her vocal talent. She performed an a cappella version of “Silent Night” during the sixth season and, two years later, helped lead the cast through the show’s first “musical episode” in March 2011. That same month, she also released the self-titled Sara Ramirez, which featured three original songs as well as a cover of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story.” ~ Andrew Leahey