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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Kimball's Ro Myra Records Americana Album

 

September 3, 2020

For the Observer

Kimball native Ro Mrya, who teaches songwriting for the Country Music Hall of Fame, wrote and recorded all the songs on her new album, "Nowhere Nebraska."

Born and raised in Kimball then graduated in 2004 from Kimball High School, Ro Myra has just completed her first Americana record album. Americana is generally considered quaint and genteel and is influenced by country music, rock, folk, blues and R & B.

Currently in Montana, Ro recently headed to Nashville to pick up her newly released album titled "Nowhere, Nebraska."

"Nowhere, Nebraska" includes all songs that Ro wrote and recorded while in Nashville, Austin and Denver.

The name change might confuse Kimballites, but Ro Myra is the daughter of Dawn Fossand and Doug Haase.

All the songs on Ro's album are about Kimball but one song. "Jump Into the Water" is about her junior and senior years in high school when her grandmother Florence Moler got her piano lessons from Pat (Randolph) Fletcher.

Ro said, "She changed my life and has had a huge influence on my life."

After graduation, Ro headed to UNL and studied piano but eventually ended up majoring in Spanish and International Relations, Ro then received a fellowship to graduate school in Montana. After a variety of experiences, she went to Nashville in 2015 to "pay her dues" in the music scene.

After grad school, Ro dabbled in teaching, composing, entrepreneurship, research projects and non-profit organizations. Ro then studied in Argentina but discovered that she was "just running away from music."

As for now, Ro is a full-time musician with previous experience in teaching songwriting for the Country Music Hall of Fame and giving virtual guitar lessons.

"I have been writing songs since I was like 5 years old, but I didn't know it could be a career," she said. "So I spent a lot of my years and money earning degrees to get a 'real' job working 80+ hours a week. I've stopped running and I'm writing now more than ever. I play music to connect with people."

Ro provides some prophetic words to the world. "Don't ask the world what it needs. Instead ask what makes you come alive because what the world needs are people who are fully alive."

 

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