San Diego native Ryn Weaver is not your average 22 year-old singer. Growing up in California with three brothers and living in her car at one point definitely had an impact on this tomboy-turned-indie pop artist. She first hit the music scene when she dropped her out-of-nowhere, electrifying single “OctaHate” in June 2014 which quickly put her at #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. The song went viral thanks to Twitter love from co-writer Charli XCX, British soul singer Jesse Ware, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, one of the track’s producers.
Last month Weaver released her first studio album, The Fool—an entrancing mix of electric folk songs that showcase her trademark trilling vocals and whimsical persona.
In the exclusive video below, Ryn shares 10 random facts, like how she used to think she was a mermaid when she was younger (Ariel 4EVA). Want to know more? Take a scroll through her Instagram and you won’t be able to resist double-taping on every pic.
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*Update: This article originally stated that Weaver was a “self-proclaimed hippie.” We have removed that reference.