There are few artists that can truly connect with an audience they way Dallas, Texas singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera does. Atlantic Records agrees, as it just signed Ryan to a multi-record deal. So what does this 20-year-old on the verge of turning 21 have to say about it all?
"So when do I tour?" Ryan asked manager Joe Simpson, who also manages Jessica Simpson. For those who don't know, for Ryan it's all about performing live.
"I sometimes feel I can move mountains with my music. When people come up to me and say how something I wrote or a performance I gave changed them or moved them in a great way, it truly makes me feel alive. I now know I can put a positive message out there and people feel me."
Ryan began playing guitar and writing songs at a young age and gradually matured into an accomplished performer. While still in high school, he began performing at and eventually headlining elite Dallas venues such as Trees, the Gypsy Tea Room, and the Curtain Club. While performing at Dallas venues on a consistent basis, Ryan began to branch out into the Lone Star State and began performing in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and South Padre. While playing in the Texas area, Ryan was opened for several national touring bands, such as Sister Hazel, Nine Days, Wheatus, Dexter Freebish, the Pat McGee Band, the Old 97's, Monte Montgomery, Sugarbomb, and many more. Ryan has also performed on side stages for Third Eye Blind, Tonic, and Ben Harper.
At 19, Ryan continued to boast an impressive touring schedule spanning out to several cities across the U.S. Some of the clubs Ryan has performed at include the Village Underground in New York City; Schubas Tavern in Chicago; Juanitas and Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock, Arkansas; George's Majestic Lounge and JR's Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas; the Still in Towson, Maryland; the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri; Flannigan's in Shreveport, Louisiana; the Grape St. Pub in Philadelphia; the Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Antone's, La Zona Rosa, Lucy's, Mango's, and Momo's in Austin, Texas; the Laboratory in San Antonio; and Fitzgerald's in Houston.
In the summer of 2001, Ryan took a brief break from touring to record his independent debut CD entitled Elm St, which is currently sold-out. Ryan spent several long nights at Deep Ellum Studios recording Elm St in which he produced, arranged, played all guitars, keyboards, and drum beats, and even beatboxed. Saxophonist Raoul Shroff joined Ryan in the studio and performed on several tracks.
"I was excited about the opportunity to join Ryan on the CD. He pushed me to try new things and really explore my own creativeness. I think we were able to capture something truly unique and something that stands on its own," says Raoul.
Soon after Elm St, manager Joe Simpson caught wind of Ryan and immediately signed him to his management company. A few months and several trips to L.A. and New York, Ryan signed a publishing deal with Evan Lamburg of EMI Publishing and a multi-record deal with Atlantic Records. Once he signed, the writing process began. When the album was written, producers were quick to try and sign on for Ryan's major-label debut. Ryan eventually chose to work with Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls to co-produce the record. Ryan will also share co-producing credits.
"I think the chemistry between Johnny and I when we were writing songs together solidified my thoughts of having him produce. He brings such a unique quality to my songs and he's able to capture so much more than I thought was possible, not to mention the fact that I spilled his glass of red wine on his brand-new freakin' billion-dollar white Persian rug, and I figured I should throw him a bone." With his very personable attitude, mature songwriting, and catchy arrangements, many predict great things for this unique artist.
--- from the official Ryan Cabrera website