Singer-songwriter RYDYR is igniting his anticipated next chapter with the release of his powerful new music video/single for “Dream Alone.” Upheld by finger-picked acoustic guitar, a snappy beat, and fluttering harmonies, “Dream Alone” is about an internal dialogue showcasing fluttering harmonies and vocals that stretch from vulnerable verses into a hummable hook, “I dream alone.” The first single off his 2020 EP, the forthcoming collection will feature bold and bright pop, offset with alternative adventurousness and timeless rockstar ambition, rooted in live instrumentation and unfiltered lyrics.
“Dream Alone can be interpreted a few different ways. I think that’s one of the best parts about it. It can fit with whatever it is in your life that you’re struggling with, wanting to let go of, or find. I wrote this song with Zakk Cervini. We wanted to convey the story and the feeling of a time in my life when I felt lost and disconnected from my full sense of self, and the journey to find what that all even meant,” RYDYR shared with Billboard. “Sometimes it’s scary to feel lost, but it can also be freeing at the same time. This song is like a call of the voice inside you to push through whatever obstacles are in the way on your journey. I think it’s especially important given the times we are currently in, and I hope it resonates with people.”
Also known to fans as Cole Pendery, RYDYR is Cole’s alias and creative outlet and took shape reflecting a vision hinted at by the chosen moniker-a respelling of his mother’s maiden name “Ryder.” He ultimately settled on the palindrome “RYDYR,” meaning you can spell it the same way forward and backward and represents how he is the same inside and out. Striving to give listeners his truth through art and meaningful music, RYDYR symbolizes being transparent to the process and embodies truth but also provides him a vehicle to step out of himself.
Hailing from a tiny town thirty minutes south of Dallas, TX, RYDYR relocated to Los Angeles and launched a career in entertainment that went from booking gigs on the Disney Channel to joining pop sensation IM5, tallying tens of millions of streams and views, touring the world, and performing for countless fans. Ready for the next stage of his evolution, he wrote songs throughout 2018 and 2019 that would become his independent debut EP and recorded them alongside producer Zakk Cervini (Good Charlotte, Poppy). Taking the reins further, Cole founded his own label Shadowwood Records to release his music. An homage to the backwoods trail Shadowwood Road that his late creative and eclectic grandfather built, Cole ultimately plans to carve a similar path, and build a platform for himself and other artists to flourish.