Debby Ryan, the star of Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and formerly of “The Suite Life on Deck,” also has grand musical ambitions as the leader of the band the Never Ending. Ahead of the June 24 release of the debut EP “One,” Ryan and co. have shared a captivating new track, “Mulholland Drive,” which you can hear first on Billboard.com:
The six members of the Never Ending combine for a subtly gorgeous pop track, which allows Ryan’s gentle voice caution against losing yourself under the bright lights of stardom over a tender guitar progression. “I know I’m going home when the flame goes out one day/But I can’t hide the light,” Ryan concludes on the song before drummer Johnny Franco ushers the “Mulholland Drive” to the finish line.
“The boys and I decided to share ‘Mulholland Drive’ as the first look into our music as The Never Ending,” says Ryan, who records with Franco, guitarists Kyle Moore and Carman Kubanda, bassist Edwin Carranza and keyboardist Harry Allen. “We’re all young artists in L.A., fighting every day to find our purpose without losing who we are. With any type of spotlight, the shadows get more noticeable. ‘Mulholland Drive’ tells the story of fighting for what’s light, what’s right, what’s real, and what’s never ending.”
“One” follows solo and band releases for Ryan, who was the frontwoman of Debby Ryan & the Never Ending before the group decided to shorten its moniker. The 21-year-old has also starred in the 2012 Disney Channel original movie “Radio Rebel,” and contributed to three songs on its soundtrack.
Despite the Disney ties, Ryan told Billboard in February that she is proud to independently release “One” with the Never Ending. “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.