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Guitarist, songwriter, and Texas native Ryan Cabrera never planned on a career in music. His hobby turned into a passion after hearing Dave Matthews, causing him to turn his back on the noisy punk rock of his high-school band, Caine, and pick up an acoustic guitar for the newly minted Rubic’s Groove. The group found popularity in the Dallas area, sharing stages with Cheap Trick, Ben Harper, and Third Eye Blind, before Cabrera’s departure. Making the most of a block of studio time — a birthday present from his brother — the high-school dropout cut three original songs that impressed the engineer enough to offer the opportunity to do a full-length — for free. Elm Street was a self-released success, selling out locally and garnering favorable reviews and a deluge of Internet orders. In 2001, Cabrera signed to Atlantic, which scheduled the long-player Take It All Away for release in 2004. Assisting behind the boards were Sabelle Breer and Curt Frasca (Avril Lavigne), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), and co-producer Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls). You Stand Watching arrived in 2005, followed by Moon Under Water in 2008
As a former #1 Myspace artist, John Vesely, better known as Secondhand Serenade, went on to sell over 2 million units of his hit single “Fall For You” which hit the top of the charts. After touring the world, delivering 4 releases and playing on numerous television shows, John is back in the studio once again prepping his next release.
On September 11, 2012, John released the album “A Naked Twist In My Story” which peaked at #58 on the iTunes Top 200 Albums list as well as #19 on the top Alternative Albums list on iTunes. The body of work (his first since parting with Glassnote Records) is a re-record of the album “A Twist In My Story” with each song recorded in a fresh light. All the tracks were done with acoustic / orchestral production, catering to the fans who fell in love with his first album, “Awake”.
Secondhand’s next album was funded entirely by his fans via Pledge Music. It will be a full band album and is expected to be completed later this year.