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Ryan Cabrera Wanted to be Own Man on Second Album

Of the Oakland Press

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Ryan Cabrera was on a mission with last year’s “You Stand Watching” — to convince people he was more than just another young pop star and that he had more to offer than being Ashlee Simpson’s (now ex) boyfriend.

“With this record, I wanted to show people what I could do,” explains Cabrera, 23, whose 2004 major label debut, “Take It All Away,” was co-produced by the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik. “I wanted to show people that when I write these songs, I can hear how they should sound when they’re all produced up.

“The fact that I co-produced (‘Take It All Away’) got overlooked because of Rzeznik. It was more like he produced my fi rst album. I had something to prove this time.”

Despite that charge, however, Cabrera says he didn’t feel an inordinate amount of pressure while making “You Stand Watching,” which peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart while the single “Shine On” eeked into the Top 40.

“I spent a month writing every day and just enjoying the music,” he says. “I had so much fun doing it. I wasn’t thinking about anybody else or what expectations were to be. I just wanted to write good songs that can last and that you can listen to in 20 years and be, like, ‘That’s a good song!’ ”

Ryan Cabrera and Josh Hoge perform Thursday at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. congress, Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 961-6357.

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