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Glee Star Admits He’s an Outsider. We Say ‘Come to Papa, Ponyboy’2 min read

We’ve missed welcoming Rilan into our living rooms. As the sexiest Dalton Academy Warbler on TV’s Glee, he always brought a ray of sunshine and American home grown goodness to our Tuesday nights.

Now he’s back with a delightful new song about the rusty underbelly of Tinseltown.


“Everyone in Los Angeles parades around like they’re famous and filthy rich when in reality, they’re broke, broken and looking for whatever is gonna get them through the night,” Rilan explains of his new song, “Love or Drugs”. “They’re trying to fill the void with what they think will make them feel better in the moment, whether it’s a person or a poison.”

He accuses everyone he has dated in LA of being a user. “A user of people, money, substances or all three. They are who ‘Love or Drugs’ is about,” he adds.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Rilan was a theatrical kid, drawn to 70s glam rock and 80s synth pop artists like David Bowie, Prince, and Boy George and when he grew older and more angsty, he discovered darker industrial bands like Soft Cell, Nine Inch Nails, and Marilyn Manson.

He was a theatre kid, classically trained in ballet. He recalls countless hours alone in his room, crafting compositions that merged his favored genres into larger-than-life productions.

“I was never cool or normal,” he admits. “I never will be. I have come to realize that what makes me ‘me’ is not fitting in. I’m an outsider and I’m proud of it. I make music for unpopular people like me. Theatrical, high-energy, always a spectacle, and always true to who I am.”

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He’s an outsider like C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon were outsiders. F-ing hot outsiders. Come to papa, Ponyboy.

Rilan’s assembled a star-studded team behind him including Lady Gaga’s choreographer Richy Jackson and manager Randy Jackson (American Idol). “Love or Drugs” was co-written with Krysta Youngs. It was produced by Davy Nathan with additional electronic production by Cory Enemy and Lexoskeleton. Collier Landry and Nick Alexander direct the music video.

Rilan’s “Love or Drugs” is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers, as well as for streaming through Pandora and Spotify.

Visit his website.  Follow Rilan on Instagram.

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