Hi Everyone! Lots of amazing things have been happening and I’m working every day to finish my memoir and new album of music! I’m very excited to get this out into the world. Daughter has been doing so well and streams haven’t slowed down! The video has over 150,000 views on YouTube and almost 90,000 streams on Spotify! Thank you to everyone who bought the song on iTunes as well! I really appreciate all of your support!

Last month I announced the Daughter cover song contest, which was ultimately an opportunity for anyone who liked the song to cover it or make it their own! I allowed people to change the lyrics and give it their own twist! There were so many great entries!

The winner of the contest is Wit Rukus. He definitely made the track his own with rap verses and different chorus lyrics! I enjoyed this very much! Great job Wit Rukus! I will be doing more contests soon! Thanks to everyone who participated! All of them were sooooo good!
- Ryan Cassata

The Impact of Daughter: Community Responses

The Impact of Daughter: Community Responses

Since coming out publicly in his teens, Ryan Cassata has been a voice for the ethical protections of trans youth, actively challenging the status quo of the standard trans narrative. In his new song, “Daughter”, Ryan again shows us that being trans is an individualized story.


This past summer was one of the most productive summers of my life. I went into the studio with my drummer Kenny Truhn and worked with producer Barb Morrison and enginer Jonathan Jetter for 10 days. This record is unlike anything I've ever done before. It still has my soul and my style but it's finally a record of mine that is produced in the right way. I'm excited to bring this record to you. It has songs from all different genres, ranging from the pop punk spirit to country to folk to rap. It also has two cover songs, Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson rearranged and played on the acoustic guitar and Round Here by the Counting Crows rearranged and played on the piano. At least two music videos will come out with the release of the record. One is for a song that I previously released as an acoustic demo titled Bedroom Eyes. We spent a day, all day, in January filming Bedroom Eyes. It's the most professional video that I have ever made and I can't wait for everyone to see it on March 15th, 2016 when the record finally comes out. There will be other videos too, I promise.

You can pre-order SHINE and other Shine merchandise through my kickstarter campaign page. This also helps me to recoup a little bit of the money that it cost to do the album cover photo shoot, make album artwork, press the record for physical copies, and make the music videos. A lot goes into making a record and I need as much help as possible to bring this project to life!

Here is the link to back my project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1032386763/help-ryan-cassata-press-shine-and-create-a-music-v

You can pre-order the record this way and have a copy to hold in your hands. <3

Thank you so much for all of the support so far. We have reached the goal of $500 (the price it costs to make one music video) and we are reaching for $1000 now which will cover half the cost of pressing the record to physical copies. I can't wait for you to hear it!!!! Please share the campaign with your friends and family and stay tuned. March 15th is coming.

Ryan Cassata


SHINE 3.15.16

On March 15th, 2016 the wait will be over. My new album called “Shine” is coming to your ears. I’m super super super stoked for this album. We worked really hard in the studio to create, what I think is, the best work I have ever created. Working in the studio with my producer Barb Morrison and engineer Jonathan Jetter was a wonderful experience. We recorded a full band version of a previously released demo called “Bedroom Eyes.” This past weekend we shot a video for Bedroom Eyes that will come out on March 15th. In the studio, I experimented with rapping for the first time ever! Two songs on the album are poppy raps that I can’t wait for you to hear. This album will totally be unlike my other albums but it will still have the same Ryan Cassata vibe. I hope that you enjoy it and I hope that it’s worth the long wait.


On Nov 18th my indie film will screen in SF!

The indie film is called Binding The Pain. It's a short, very DIY, film that I made while I was in my first year in college. I made the video for youtube but have since used it at my speeches across the country to educate people on what it's like to bind your chest before top surgery. 

You can watch it at Periwinkle Cinema, 992 Valencia Street on November 18th @ 8PM or you can watch it on youtube. 

Facebook Event.
Youtube Link.

I got interviewed by Broadly/VICE magazine!

Hi Everyone! Today I woke up to my VICE interview on the Broadly channel, going live! So exciting!!!! I did this interview months ago and I'm so excited for it to finally be online and in the world. I got to talk about some really important things and some of what's coming ahead. I talked about the transgender musician community on youtube and highlighted some of my very talented friends, and I spoke about acting in Lauren Wolkstein's short film Beemus; It'll End In Tears. I played a really stinky kid in a high school gym class...yes, they did have to cover up ALL of my tattoos (which took hours). I also got to talk about something that I haven't had the platform to talk about positively yet, so thank you VICE for giving me the platform to talk about battling addiction and getting sober. 

You can read the interview here! 

Thank you so much Falyn for interviewing me for Broadly! This is so exciting!

I hope all of you are having an amazing week! Be sure to tune in to my youtube channel this Friday for a new video! 


I got my first writeup in Billboard Magazine

After turning American Idol down for transgender exploitation the press came at me in a way I never have experienced before. Most of it was a really positive experience. I was in the car with my mom on the way to the recording studio when I got the call. My mom said "Who is it?" I said "It's Billboard." I was as shocked and excited as my mom was. Thank you, Billboard!!!! 

You can read the writeup here: 'American Idol' Accused of Exploiting Transgender Singer: 'Every Show is Trying to Get a Trans Person.'