Brandon Rhyder has overcome a difficult health battle; after 18 years in the spotlight, the revered Texas singer-songwriter faced a downward spiral in 2012 when his health took a toll. Flu-like symptoms made it difficult for him to perform on stage and after countless doctor visits and unanswered questions, he decided to step away from music.
In 2017 he released a self-titled album but still struggled with his health. In January, Rhyder had a breakthrough when a doctor sent him 70 pages of confirmed food allergies. Now on a strict new diet, Rhyder is readying his return to music with the release of his 10th studio album, Main Street Crossing, out later this year. Today (Sept. 9), Billboard premieres the heartfelt first single “I Felt Good Today.”
A stirring song that touches upon the loss of a loved one, Rhyder tells Billboard the song came to him shortly after the loss of his father-in-law to cancer. Driving home from a gig in Galveston, Texas, the lyrics for “I Felt Good Today” flowed out effortlessly.