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Why Singer Phoebe Ryan Stepped Away From Music For A Year

The Texas native performs in Houston on Saturday night.

Phoebe Ryan
Singer and Texas native Phoebe Ryan.

In her latest single, ICIMY (which stands for In Case I Miss You) singer Phoebe Ryan combines elements of upbeat pop with sincere lyrics to create what she's called "a sad song with good energy."

It’s the lead single from Ryan's first full-length album, How It Used To Feel, which is due out this spring.

Ryan's been on the music scene for several years, but until now has only released singles and an EP, along with writing for and collaborating with the likes of Britney Spears, and The Chainsmokers, to name a few.

On Saturday night (Feb. 8), Ryan opens for K-pop artist Eric Nam at Houston’s House of Blues.

In the audio above, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty why she took nearly a year off prior to recording the new album.

And Ryan, who was born in Dallas and spent her early childhood there, explains how her Texas past helps her cleanse her musical palate from time to time.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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