Like many Disney Channel stars and starlets, Debby Ryan doesn’t just act. The lead on the TV show “Jessie” and formerly of “The Suite Life on Deck,” Ryan formed a band — Debby and the Never Ending — in 2013.
Now, Billboard has learned the release of her debut album. “One,” Ryan’s first full-length, will be released June 24.
“This album doesn’t exist because I wanted to make an album,” Ryan said of “One.” “It probably exists in spite of myself. I’ve been telling other people’s stories as an actor, and there’s a comfort for me in that. But I started getting this insatiable need to tell stories from inside my own head, speak from my own heart.”
The album follows appearances on multiple songs, both solo and with her band. Most recently, the group released a cover of “Santa Baby” for the 2013 holiday season.
The nine-track album, Ryan said, helped her “find her voice. It’s happy, it’s fun, it’s lovestruck, and stubborn; it’s broken, bruised, and healing. It’s my tongue-in-cheek, chip-on-my-shoulder, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other glass house. It’s being teenage, becoming twenty one, surviving life with the best dudes I know, and out of our things that are never ending, this is number one.”
Ryan is joined by five additional band members in the Never Ending, including guitarists Kyle Moore and Carman Kubanda, bassist Edwin Carranza, drummer Johnny Franco and keyboardist Harry Allen.
“My band members are my best friends and the most real dudes I have ever met,” Ryan said. “To know that I can tell them any side of any story without them judging… is such a great feeling. Instead they help me communicate the stories properly. They have truly become my brothers.”
According to Ryan, the band will create video content leading up to the album’s June release, with the first waves of activity coming by April, possibly before. Throughout the entire process, Ryan is embracing her independence.
“I looked at this album from an independent artist angle and I fought hard to remain independent. Seeing the success of other amazing artists such as Macklemore who did it this way makes this album feel more inspiring,” she said. “This is the most vulnerable and real personal thing I have ever done. I will take the hate with the love as I release this as an independent artist.