Ryan Cabrera

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Ryan Cabrera
Background information
Birth name Ryan Frank Cabrera
Born (1982-07-18) July 18, 1982 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Pop rock, acoustic
Years active 2004–present
Labels Atlantic, EMI
Website Official site

Ryan Cabrera (born July 18, 1982 in Dallas, Texas) is a half-Colombian American musician. He is managed by Joe Simpson, manager and father of pop singer and reality star Jessica Simpson.

He was the lead singer for the popular Dallas band Rubix Groove before he pursued a solo career. In 2001, Cabrera went into the studio to record his own independent album, Elm St.. The response to the album was amazing, and prompted Cabrera to leave his band for good. He released his first major-label album, Take It All Away, on August 17, 2004, and it debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album is co-produced by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik. Earlier in the year, Cabrera had become known for his up-tempo pop-rock single "On the Way Down", which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Billboard Top 40 Tracks. He had also become known for his relationship with the singer Ashlee Simpson. He had appeared in several episodes of the first season of her reality show, The Ashlee Simpson Show, and Simpson appeared in Cabrera's music video for "On the Way Down". Simpson's first single, "Pieces of Me", was written about Cabrera and their relationship. The two were reported to have broken up in August 2004 because of their busy schedules, but their relationship continued, and the two were still seen together and their relationship was featured in season two of The Ashlee Simpson Show. They did a series of high school concerts together in October 2004, which was seen on the show. In February 2005, there were reports that they had broken up. Cabrera has toured with Ashlee's sister Jessica Simpson. "On the Way Down" was followed by Cabrera's second single, "True"; and his third single "40 Kinds of Sadness".

Early life[edit]

Cabrera was born in Dallas, Texas, United States. He attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Richardson, Texas and then Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Listening to Dave Matthews Band influenced him to play acoustic guitar.


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.[1]

Take It All Away[edit]

Cabrera was signed to Atlantic Records in 2001.[1] His major debut single "On the Way Down" debuted on American radio in May 2004.[2] "On the Way Down" peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[3]

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[4] and eventually was certified Double Platinum.[5] John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls, produced Take It All Away.[2] The second single was "True", whose music video featured Taylor Cole, an actress from the TV show Summerland.[6] The third single was "40 Kinds of Sadness". Cabrera appeared on the Son of the Mask soundtrack with the song "Inside Your Mind"[7] and the Fantastic Four soundtrack with the song "Always Come Back To You".[8] 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".[9] Several songs were co-written with singer/songwriter Andrew Ripp. You Stand Watching debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200 and sold around 37,000[10] in its first week and eventually got certified gold.[5]

"I Will Remember You"[edit]

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.[11] Cabrera was then asked to perform the song on the season finale and after he did so, the song cracked into iTunes' 100 most downloaded songs.[citation needed] He added a re-recorded version of the song at the end of his third album, The Moon Under Water.

2008: The Moon Under Water[edit]

The Moon Under Water was released on May 13, 2008, under Frolic Room Records/ Papa Joe Records and peaked at #177 on the Billboard 200. It released two singles, "Say" and "Enemies".


Cabrera in 2011

On July 3, 2012 Cabrera released a new song called "Home". On August 2, Cabrera released another single called "I See Love" on iTunes, where it reached #83 on the top 100.[12] In January 2013, he went on a U.S. tour with Tyler Hilton and Teddy Geiger.[13]

In March 2013, Ryan 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.[14] In September 2013, Ryan went on an Ireland and UK tour with Boyce Avenue.[15]

In 2014, Ryan 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.[16] Ryan announced his single "House on Fire" with a video on his Facebook page on October 7th[17] and the single was released to iTunes on October 22nd.[18] Ryan released a lyric video for his single "House on Fire" on November 3, 2014. The lyric video premiered on Arist Direct's website.[19] "House on Fire" peaked at number one on the US dance chart.[20] Cabrera's EP "Wake Up Beautiful" was released on March 3, 2015.

Television appearances[edit]

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.[21]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera has dated Ashlee Simpson, Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, Riley Keough, Audrina Patridge, and Kayla Danielle Blackwell.[22]


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: 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[33] 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"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2004 "On the Way Down" Dean Paraskevopoulos[34]
"True" Kevin Kerslake[35]
2005 "40 Kinds of Sadness" Bill Fishman[36]
"Shine On" Kevin Kerslake[37]
2006 "Photo" Everado and Leopoldo Gout[38]
2008 "Say" Ken Hoppus
"Enemies" Evan Kaufmann
2015 "House on Fire" Christian Lamb[39]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Rashbaum, Alyssa (August 11, 2004). "Ryan Cabrera, Ashlee's Ex, Sets Sights On Album, Sorority Tour". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
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  6. ^ Vineyard, Jessica. "Ryan Cabrera Finds Dream Girl In New Video: Taylor Cole From 'Summerland'". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Jesse McCartney, New Found Glory, Ryan Cabrera, Bone Thugs, Jared Leto, Eels & More". MTV News. January 26, 2005. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Cabrera". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  9. ^ Tecson, Brandee J. (November 8, 2005). "Still-Single Ryan Cabrera Looks Back At Ex In 'Photo'". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ Harris, Chris (September 28, 2005). "Disturbed Pummel Billboard Competition With #1 Fists". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ Cabrera, Ryan (September 18, 2008). "Ryan Cabrera France". Ryan Cabrera France. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
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  14. ^ TV News Desk. "Chord "Chord Overstreet to Appear on Ryan Cabrera's Live Web Series". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  15. ^ Gubbins, Teresa (2015-01-23). "Dallas-born Ryan Cabrera returns to studio with new Dynamite Music - CultureMap Dallas". Dallas.culturemap.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  16. ^ "Ryan Cabrera First Signing to Mitch Davis and Marco Liuzzo's Dynamite Music via Caroline". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Ryan Cabrera". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - House On Fire - Single by Ryan Cabrera". Itunes.apple.com. 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Exclusive Lyric Video Premiere: Ryan Cabrera, "House on Fire"". ARTISTdirect. 
  20. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  21. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (August 24, 2005). "Ryan Cabrera's Love-Song LP Isn't All About Ashlee". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  22. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (June 23, 2010). "'The Hills' Recap: Audrina Breaks Up With Ryan". MTV News. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
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  24. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 30, 2011: Ryan Cabrera certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
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  32. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 30, 2011: "True" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Ryan Cabrera ••• Top Songs as Writer ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". musicvf.com. 
  34. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Dean Paraskevopoulos (director) (June 29, 2004). On the Way Down (FLASH). Atlantic Records. 
  35. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Kevin Kerslake (director) (November 23, 2004). True (FLASH). Atlantic Records. 
  36. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Bill Fishman (director) (April 19, 2005). 40 Kinds of Sadness (FLASH). Atlantic Records. 
  37. ^ [2][dead link]
  38. ^ Ryan Cabrera (performer), Everado and Leopoldo Gout (directors) (January 11, 2006). Photo (FLASH). Atlantic Records. 
  39. ^ Sheetz, Janelle (2015-02-07). "Ryan Cabrera releases video for "House on Fire"". AXS.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22.