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Interview:
Ryan Cabrera Grows Up, Declares Independence
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Ryan Cabrera’s music business life could be a little awkward.

He’s still managed by Joe Simpson, father of his ex-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson. And his latest album, “The Moon Under Water,” is distributed by Simpson’s Papa Joe Records. But Cabrera, 25, contends that he’s comfortable with the situation.

“It’s not weird at all,” says the Dallas native, who broke big in 2004 with the Top 20 hits “On the Way Down” and “True.” “There’s nothing ... Nobody screwed anybody over to where there’s an awkward thing at all. Everybody’s still friendly.”

So did he get Ashlee a gift for her recent wedding to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz?

“Oh, no,” Cabrera says with a laugh. “I didn’t get any wedding gift. We ain’t that friendly.”

“The Moon Under Water,” meanwhile, represents a different kind of breakaway for Cabrera.

Despite his commercial success, he left his major label deal to go independent, mostly because it was the only way he could pursue the musical direction he had in mind.

“We just didn’t agree on too much,” Cabrera explains. “They wanted me to continue kind of on the exact same path and look the same and put out the exact same record as in the past. It was like, ‘OK, it worked once, just make it again and we’ll make it work again.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, that doesn’t work for me ...’

“The main goal for me first and foremost was no matter what anything looked like or what it appeared to be, was just to make the record that represented me at this point in my life. I figured the only way I could really do it was to make it independently, and that’s what I did.”



Ryan Cabrera performs Thursday (June 19) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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