Ryan Cabrera

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Ryan Cabrera
Cabrera in 2011
Background information
Birth name Ryan Frank Cabrera
Born (1982-07-18) July 18, 1982 (age 35)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Pop rock, acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active 2001–present
Labels Atlantic, EMI
Website ryancabrera.com

Ryan Frank Cabrera (born July 18, 1982)[1] is an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Cabrera began as a lead singer for the Dallas band Rubix Groove before pursuing his solo career. Following the 2001 release of independent album Elm St., he released his first major-label album, Take It All Away, on August 17, 2004. Earlier in the year, Cabrera had become known for his up-tempo pop-rock single "On the Way Down". "On the Way Down" was then followed by Cabrera's second single, "True"; and his third single "40 Kinds of Sadness".

Early life[edit]

Cabrera was born in Dallas, Texas.[1]


Cabrera played in the band Rubix Groove, which opened for artists like Cheap Trick and Third Eye Blind. Cabrera composed three songs that impressed a studio engineer, who then let Cabrera record a full-length album, Elm St., for free at Deep Ellum Studios.[2]

Take It All Away[edit]

Cabrera was signed to Atlantic Records in 2001.[2] His major debut single "On the Way Down" debuted on American radio in May 2004.[3] "On the Way Down" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[4]

Take It All Away was released on August 17, 2004, at number eight on the Billboard 200 album chart and sold over 66,000 copies in its first week[5] and eventually was certified Double Platinum.[6] John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, produced Take It All Away.[3] The second single was "True", whose music video featured Taylor Cole, an actress from the TV show Summerland.[7] The third single was "40 Kinds of Sadness". Cabrera appeared on the Son of the Mask soundtrack with the song "Inside Your Mind"[8] and the Fantastic Four soundtrack with the song "Always Come Back To You".[9] Cabrera has starred in a concert film, Live at the Wiltern, with him performing songs from his album Take It All Away.

2005-2008: You Stand Watching[edit]

Cabrera's second album, You Stand Watching, was released on September 20, 2005, and it included his singles "Shine On" and "Photo". Cabrera's relationship with Ashlee Simpson inspired "Photo".[10] Several songs were co-written with singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp. You Stand Watching debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 and sold around 37,000[11] in its first week and eventually got certified gold.[6]

In 2006, Cabrera released the single "I Will Remember You". The song was used soon thereafter as the closing montage for the series finale of Will & Grace. Soon after, the song was used to send off the female contestants on the 3rd season of So You Think You Can Dance.[12] He added a re-recorded version of the song at the end of his third album, The Moon Under Water.

The Moon Under Water was released on May 13, 2008, under Frolic Room Records/ Papa Joe Records and peaked at No. 177 on the Billboard 200. It released two singles, "Say" and "Enemies".


On July 3, 2012 Cabrera released a new song called "Home". On August 2, he released another single called "I See Love" on iTunes, where it reached No. 83 on the top 100.[13] In January 2013, he went on a U.S. tour with Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger.[14]

In March 2013, Cabrera launched the web series Live From Ryan's Living Room. Joining Ryan were celebrities including Colbie Caillat, Tyler Hilton, Chord Overstreet and Mark Ballas. Each month Ryan chose a charity to benefit, one being City of Hope National Medical Center.[15] In September 2013, Ryan went on an Ireland and UK tour with Boyce Avenue.[16]

In 2014, Cabrera was the first artist signed to Dynamite Music, which was founded by Mitchell Davis and Marco Liuzzo in partnership with Caroline Records and Universal Music Group.[17] On October 7, 2014, Cabrera announced his single "House on Fire" with a video on his Facebook page.[18] The single was released to iTunes on October 22.[19] He released a lyric video for his single "House on Fire" on November 3, 2014, on Artist Direct's website.[20] "House on Fire" peaked at number one on the US dance chart.[21] Cabrera's EP, Wake Up Beautiful, was released on March 3, 2015.

Formed in late 2015, Beyond the Sky is a musical conglomerate consisting of players, producers and vocalists from a multitude of genres. Cabrera took lead in this collaborative project, whose first single "Right on the Money" was released on February 12, 2016.

Television appearances[edit]

In 2004, Cabrera appeared in several episodes of the first season of singer Ashlee Simpson's reality show, The Ashlee Simpson Show. Simpson appeared in Cabrera's music video for "On the Way Down".[22] Cabrera later opened for Simpson's older sister Jessica tour.[23]

In 2005, Cabrera hosted the MTV series Score, in which contestants write and perform songs in order to vie for the heart of a guest on the show.[24]

In 2010, he appeared in several episodes of The Hills during its sixth and final season. The episodes chronicled his romance and eventual break-up with Audrina Patridge. In 2010 he also appeared in the E! television show, Pretty Wild.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera has dated Ashlee Simpson,[25] Lisa Origliasso from The Veronicas,[26][27] Riley Keough,[28] and Audrina Patridge.[29]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Elm St.
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: AMP
  • Formats: CD
Take It All Away 8
You Stand Watching
  • Release date: September 20, 2005
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
The Moon Under Water
  • Release date: May 13, 2008
  • Label: EMI America
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Wake Up Beautiful
  • Release date: March 3, 2015
  • Label: Dynamite Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Adult
US Pop
2004 "On the Way Down" 15 35 6 4 48 26 Take It All Away
"True" 18 9 13 8
2005 "40 Kinds of Sadness" 47[40] 32
"Shine On" 86 25 You Stand Watching
2006 "I Will Remember You" The Moon Under Water
2008 "Say"
2012 "Home" N/A
"I See Love" Wake Up Beautiful - EP
2015 "House on Fire"
2016 "Right on the Money"* N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2004 "On the Way Down" Dean Paraskevopoulos[41]
"True" Kevin Kerslake[42]
2005 "40 Kinds of Sadness" Bill Fishman[43]
"Shine On" Kevin Kerslake[44]
2006 "Photo" Everado and Leopoldo Gout[45]
2008 "Say" Kenny Hoppus
"Enemies" Evan Kaufmann
2015 "House on Fire" Christian Lamb[46]

See also[edit]


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  42. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Kevin Kerslake (director) (November 23, 2004). True (Flash). Atlantic Records. 
  43. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Bill Fishman (director) (April 19, 2005). 40 Kinds of Sadness (Flash). Atlantic Records. 
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