Ro Myra isolates moments and emotions with surgical precision, and she sings with a weathered grace that makes even hard truths go down easy.
“I grew up in a small, dried-up oil and farming town in the middle of nowhere Nebraska,” says Ro Myra. “I spent most of my life running away from it, and now I’m right back where I started.”
‘Nowhere, Nebraska,’ Myra’s extraordinary debut, is more than just a musical homecoming, though. Due out spring 2021, the self-produced collection is a complex reckoning with the past, a nuanced, literate reexamination of small-town life in the shadow of heartbreak, self-destruction, and second chances.
While the arrangements here are broad and sweeping, Myra’s storytelling is sharply focused and firmly rooted. She writes with a novelist’s eye and sings with the kind of weathered grace that makes even hard truths go down easy, calling to mind Kathleen Edwards, Sheryl Crow, and Lucinda Williams as she makes peace with the past in order to more fully inhabit the present.
My studio experience began when I worked with Grammy award-winnning producer Doc Wiley (Beyonce, Whitney Houston). To my relief, I wasn't a coffee-making apprentice like many studio apprenticeships end up being. Wiley taught me what he knows in production, sound engineering, and he taught me how to capture the perfect vocal take.
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The proof is in the music; just listen for yourself: Ro Myra is a remarkably gifted musician, artist and collaborator.
I've worked with Ro on several songs, both as a player and an engineer. Besides her obvious skill at songwriting and singing, she has one of the traits I most value in a producer--she knows exactly what she wants, and works tirelessly to get it.
Ro’s voice is as honest as her songs. They pull you in to that place, where strength meets vulnerability.
Interview with Ro Myra
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I’m especially proud of my album I’m about to release in Spring of 2021. I wrote every song, produced this project, and tracked it in Denver, Austin, and Nashville (some of it during the pandemic). This album has some incredible players on it including Darren Garvey (Elephant Revival), Vanessa McGowan (Brandy Clark), Phoebe Hunt, and Joshua Grange (Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams). It was a very worthwhile challenge and I’m very proud of the quality and the outcome.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I’m working on writing songs for a film my screenwriter friend wrote. More than anything I love writing for film, so I’m having a lot of fun with this project.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has been anything but obvious. While working in studios as an engineer and a BGV, I was also completing two masters degrees, working in education reform, building international non-profits, and working as a child specialist implementing wrap-around therapy. I’ve been working as a professional musician, songwriter, engineer, and producer for over 5 years now.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I can’t pick just one. I like to work with artists who have a great character and don’t let their ego get in the way of our creative process.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do whatever it takes to serve the song. Sometimes our egos can get in the way of what really needs to happen. Songs are living and breathing entities that take on a life of their own, which calls for creating an arrangement of instruments that supports that life.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on Americana, indie, country, and pop. I was a composer before becoming a professional songwriter, so I work on classical music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My biggest strength is my client-centric approach. I’ve made the mistake in the past of hiring musicians that don’t listen and try to take over as producer of the project. So when I’m hired, I listen to my client and make sure that they’re 100% happy with the project deliverables.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Two of my biggest strengths are crafting a strong melody (for both the vocal and the instrumental) and ensuring that the lyrics are exactly what the song needs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, I typically like to get to know my client and their vision to ensure that I’ll be a good fit for the project. From there, most of my work process involves being a great listener and making sure that whatever I add, serves the song and the creative vision.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I’m most inspired by the musicians and production professionals who have their own sound and voice. The inspiration comes when you listen to a recording and instantly know who produced that track or who played that solo.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I enjoy writing and producing personalized and custom songs for clients. I also enjoy singing top liner or background vocals for clients as well.