Pop singer/songwriter Phoebe Holiday Ryan combines the effervescence of Carly Rae Jepsen and coolness of Tove Lo with a sharp attention to pop hooks like contemporaries Daya and Chvrches. Born in Dallas, Texas, Ryan was raised in oceanside Rumson, New Jersey, where she was in a Grateful Dead cover band in high school. However, her own music is a sharp detour from the likes of Garcia and company. Honing her craft at Clive Davis’ Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, she graduated in 2013 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a joint songwriting and solo career. Her earliest work included songwriting for a diverse mix of artists like Oh Honey, Tritonal, Skizzy Mars, Bea Miller, and Melanie Martinez. Eventually, she would pen a track for Britney Spears (2016’s Glory track “Man on the Moon”). In 2015, she released a cover mash-up of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” with Miguel’s “Do You.” That track would appear on her debut EP, Mine. She signed with Columbia Records, and in 2016 released the single “Chronic.” (The same day that song was released, “Chronic” remixers the Knocks released an album that featured Ryan’s vocals on the track “Purple Eyes.”) Another single, “Dollar Bill” featuring rapper Kid Ink, arrived months later, with the hook-laden “Dark Side” dropping in early 2017. A handful of singles including the Blackbear-assisted “Forgetting All About You” led up to the release of Ryan’s second EP, James, in October of that year. Two non-album singles, “Almost Back” with Kaskade and LöKii, and “Middle Finger” with Quinn XCII, arrived in 2018. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi
Originally from the suburbs outside of New York City, EZI has been inching her way towards a D.I.Y. career in entertainment since 14 years old.
By 15, she launched a childhood acting career which ultimately lead to her landing, 30+ National TV commercials, several independent films which premiered at festivals such as Cannes Film Festival and Nighthawk Festival, and a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series The Other Kingdom.
While attending college in New York City, she began honing in on her love for music and songwriting. She recalls “When I moved to New York City to attend college I ended up meeting several music producers out at parties and then just then found myself constantly hanging out in recording studios and writing songs with them”.
It was at that time when EZI was discovered by shoe mogul Steve Madden in a chance encounter at the Soho Steve Madden Store in New York City. Who after hearing several of her demos decided to sign her to his record label 5 Town Records as his inaugural signee. Following a move to Los Angeles and a record deal, she subsequently released her debut AFRAID OF THE DARK EP. The EP’s breakout single ‘DaNcing in a RoOm’ led to EZI’s debut appearance on the Billboard Charts when it debuted at #32 on the Dance Chart almost a year after its first release ultimately peaking at #13 and a sync use in Netflix’s critically acclaimed show Atypical. It also saw praise and support from Refinery29, Earmilk, The Line of Best Fit, and more.
In January 2019, EZI played a packed headline show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere and landed on the cover of Newsday. Perez Hilton dubbed her music “pop candy” and The Line Of Best Fit “bewitchingly slinky pop.” Refinery 29 has called her “unstoppable force.” January 2020 brings a promise of new music and EZI’s first ever headline show in LA. In addition to releasing her new music in 2020, EZI has lent her songwriting abilities to artists such as Sabrina Claudio, Kiiara, and Jeremih to name a few.