Weilding a set of luminous, crisp pipes straight out of the cast of High School Musical, Ryan Cassata crafts immaculate singer-songwriter pop, drawing on emotive pop forms from Blink-182 to Vance Joy to Taylor Swift. With an almost quirky purity, Cassata’s intimate, sing-along ready love stories capture the full-bodied emotional moments in a young person’s life. The 23-year-old YouTuber, who came out online as a teen and to the world shortly after has been speaking publicly as a trans activist since he was 13. However, his music resume rivals his activist one: he’s already released eight albums and EPs including the score for award-winning documentary Songs for Alexis, toured the country hitting SXSW and the world’s biggest Pride festivals, and become the first trans artist to ever perform at Warped Tour.
— Michael Love Michael, Paper Magazine, 2018
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