CM: What compelled you to do a cover mash-up of R. Kelly and Miguel’s “Ignition/Do You”?
PR: We were in the studio and we thought it would be a cool idea to experiment with a cover. I love “Ignition,” and when we added “Do You” I think something very special and exciting happened.
CM: What was the inspiration behind your current EP and “Mine”? Was it your way of saying “here I am world, this stage is mine”?
PR: Haha I’m not sure. “Mine” is all about learning to accept yourself. I think failures and accomplishments both need to be celebrated in some way, so why not shout it from the mountain top? Maybe I am.
CM: Which came first – you as a songwriter or you as an artist?
PR: I was a songwriter first. I always felt like I needed to really concentrate on becoming a better writer before pursuing my own project.
CM: What was it like to see that Taylor Swift had included “Mine” to her list of “New Songs That Will Make Your Life More Awesome”?
PR: I felt like I was in a dream. I’m so grateful. It’s something I’ll never forget
CM: You just came off of a tour, congrats! What were some of the highlights?
PR: Playing Webster Hall in NYC was the biggest highlight for me. I used to live around the corner from the venue while I was in school, and whenever I went to shows there, I would always wonder when it would be my turn to take the stage. When the night came, it felt like my birthday party. Everything was magical.
CM: What were some of the challenges that came with touring.
PR: Long drives in the van were rough, and being away from loved ones is really hard, but I enjoy touring. Performing every night is the best thing ever.
CM: Which cities were your favorite to perform in?
PR: NYC, Philly, DC, Chicago, LA, Grand Rapids, and Carrboro, North Carolina.
CM: You have signature green hair – any plans to change it up? Any particular affinity to green?
PR: I love green, always have always will. I don’t see myself changing it up in any way other than making it even more green!
CM: If you were to do one, what would be your next cover song?
PR: I want to cover a disco classic. Let me get back to you on that.
CM: What are you top 3 “sing in the shower” songs?
PR: “Believe” by Cher, “Classic” by The Knocks ft Powers, “Sorry” by Justin Bieber
CM: What’s ahead for Phoebe Ryan?
PR: Writing and releasing a debut record, and a lot of touring!
Mine EP available now on iTunes