Ry X

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Background information
Birth nameRy Cuming
BornAngourie, New South Wales, Australia
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresAmbient pop, folktronica, indietronica, indie folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2010–present
LabelsJive Records (2010)
Dumont Dumont (2013)
Infectious Music UK (2013)
Associated actsThe Acid, Charlie Cunningham, Howling

Ry Cuming,[1] better known by his stage name RY X, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician.[2] He was the first artist signed to the Stockholm-based label Dumont Dumont.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

RY X was born on Woodford Island in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, where he became a surfer.[5]


In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, RY X mentioned Pearl Jam and Jeff Buckley as his greatest influences.[5] He started writing music at 16, after he heard Buckley's album Grace.[5] His song "Let Your Spirit Fly" appeared on the soundtrack of the 2006 film Hoot. He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was signed by Jive Records, releasing his self-titled debut album on 20 July 2010.[6] He briefly toured with Maroon 5, becoming their opening act in select venues.[2]

RY X won Australia's Dolphin Awards for "Best Pop Song" and "Best New Artist".[7] In 2012, he collaborated with Frank Wiedemann to release "Howling" on the Berlin record label Innervisions, including a remix by Âme.[1] His EP Berlin, released on 28 August 2013,[8] was made available as 12" vinyl and digital. The title track charted in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.[9][10][11] The track also got the attention of Sam Smith who created his cover version.[12] In 2014, RY X became the lead singer of the band The Acid, which he formed with Los Angeles producer Freeland and Steve Nalepa. They released an album titled Liminal.[13] Together with Frank Wiedemann he formed the band Howling and released a full length album Sacred Ground on Ninja Tune and Monkeytown Records.

RY X's hit single "Howling" was featured in the movie Everything, Everything. The remix by Âme was featured in the movie Taken 3.

On May 6, 2016, RY X released his second album 'Dawn' through Infectious Records and Loma Vista Records.[14] The album charted at #34 in the UK Album Charts as well as charting in Germany, France, Canada and Australia.[15] It gained favourable reception from the media, with a New York Times review saying "His voice is a pearly, androgynous tenor, a vessel for liquid melancholy that blurs words at the edges. He stretches pop structures with repetition that grows devotional, obsessive, hypnotic".[14] In support of the album, RY X began an extensive tour across Europe and the US as well as appearing at many festival throughout 2016 such as Barn on the Farm and Montreux Jazz Festival.[16]

In October 2018, RY X confirmed that his third studio album, Unfurl, would be released on 15 February 2019 via Infectious Music. The album announcement coincided with the release of a new single, "Untold", and the announcement of a global tour, beginning in Europe, that commenced in February 2019.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Notes

Ry Cuming
  • Released: 20 July 2010
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
1."Some Kind of Love"4:11
2."Tearing Me Apart"3:18
3."Always Remember Me" (featuring Sara Bareilles)3:22
4."Meaning of It All"3:42
5."City of Lights"4:18
6."Harder to Stay"3:34
8."How Could You Say"4:05
10."Is This Love"4:04
11."Sweat" (featuring Jesse Carmichael)3:32
  • Released: 6 May 2016
  • Label: Loma Vista Records, Infectious Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
41 114 87 57 52
10."Hold Me Love"3:14
  • Released: 15 February 2019[21]
  • Label: Infectious
  • Format: Digital download, CD
11 184
38 54 31
1."Body" (Ambient)1:25
4."Body Sun"5:00
8."Foreign Tides"3:52
9."The Water"4:22
11."To Know"4:58
12."Sun" (Ambient)1:23
13."Fumbling Prayer"5:20

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Notes
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Infectious Music UK
  • Format: Digital download, 12" vinyl
1."Berlin (dedicated to Leban Mohamud)"2:50


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2013 "Berlin" 38 42* 15 46 Berlin EP
2014 "Love Like This" non-album single
2016 "Sweat (Dusk Sessions)" Dawn
"Howling" Dawn
2017 "Bad Love" non-album single
2018 "Untold" 9* Unfurl
"YaYaYa" 19*
2019 "Thunder" non-album single

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ry X Frank Wiedemann present The Howling Archived 10 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Cantiello, Jim (20 August 2010). "Maroon 5 Tourmate Ry Cuming Shares Portraits of Life on the Road". MTV. Retrieved 16 September 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ The Line of Best Fit.com RY X announces London show for December 2013
  4. ^ DumontDumont: RY X page Archived 7 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c Lee, Ann (13 March 2018). "Ry X: 'I'm Just Trying To Love Everyone I Meet A Lot'". The Culture Trip.
  6. ^ "Ry Cuming (album)". Allmusic. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "KYYY: RY Cuming". 92.9 FM – Y-93. Retrieved 16 September 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Nordic Waves: RY X – Berlin Archived 11 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b "Discographie RY X". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  10. ^ a b "Discographie RY X". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  11. ^ a b "UK Charts > RY X". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Listen: Sam Smith covers RY X's "Berlin"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Adam Freeland, RY X and Steve Nalepa are The Acid". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  14. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (4 May 2016). "Review: RY X Stretches Pop Structures on 'Dawn'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  15. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'Dawn' by RY X (British Albums iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Ry X". Songkick. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  17. ^ a b "ultratop.be – Discografie Ry X". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "lescharts.com – Discographie Ry X". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Discografie Ry X". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "hitparade.ch – Discographie Ry X". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (9 October 2018). "RY X announces second album with lead track 'Untold'". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 25 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 8, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 26 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Discographie RY X". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

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