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Ryan Nealon releases coming-of-age anthem "Grow Up"

Singer-songwriter Ryan Nealon releases new single "Grow Up." You can listen to the single here.

Hailing from San Diego, CA, Ryan Nealon is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable. With his music being cited as “fragile, emotional, and beautiful” (Robert Dye, American

Songwriter), Nealon strives to connect to his listeners through his own personal experience. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2013, Nealon has performed across the United States, has been included in over 100 publications such as the San Diego Union-Tribune, Digital Tour Bus, and American Songwriter, has had his music placed on both Apple Music and Spotify editorial playlists, and has garnered over 3 Million Streams on his catalog. Nealon’s latest release “Not Coming Home,” tells the story of his

mother’s death after she was killed by a drunk driver on New Years Day in 2000, and has also gained the attention of non-profit organizations like the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who have publicly championed Nealon along with MADD featuring him in a Voices of Victims article which can be seen on their official website.

"Grow Up" is a coming of age anthem made for anyone who felt forced into a box that they never fit in

When I was younger, I always felt like the adults around me were constantly telling me who I was before I even had the chance to figure it out for myself. "Grow Up" was a song that was actually inspired by a session with my therapist which was all about growing pains, and how I suppressed a lot of my identity in my younger years based on the opinions of others. I was a bubbly queer kid who was being told that his feelings weren't real, and when I was told to grow up instead of being able to properly process my emotions, it hurt me in the long run. As I got older, I realized that the adults in my life were telling me to grow up out of wanting to protect me, but all it did was make me feel more confused and ashamed. When I was younger, I wish I had somebody that told me it was okay to be scared and listened to my worries and consoled me in the way that I truly needed, but in a strange way, I'm happy that I didn't have that because now I can be that person for others. I think the conversation about mental health is very taboo amongst youth, but I think this song is a prime example of prioritizing it. I made this song for the kids, teens, and even adults that feel and felt alone because of growing pains, and I really hope this validates them," Ryan explains.

"Grow Up" was written by Ryan Nealon and Bret Paddock. It was recorded, mixed, and produced by Zack Djurich and Bret Paddock at his studio in North Hollywood, CA.

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