He’s a soulful singer and songwriter with a powerful voice, stunning vocal range and some pretty tasty guitar chops. His mature voice and lived-in lyrics make one linger the first time they listen. Fortunately, for his loyal audience, he isn’t going away anytime soon.
In 2010 Mike rose above 80 other competitors to win the 95.9 The Ranch Pickin’ Party singer/songwriter competition, and every indication pointed to more musical success in the near future. His EP “The First One” was released that summer and produced 2 singles, “Slow Hand” and “Wont Let it Show” that reached the top 25 on the Texas Music Chart.
Educated and easy going, Mike’s musical influences are as vast and varied as growing up in the internet age allows. Some favorites of his would include The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, ZZ Top The Rolling Stones, AC/DC….Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bill Withers….Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder… and they continue on down the list for about a mile and a half. Some of his favorite guitar players would be SRV, Gibbons, Mayer and Paisley.
He spent his college years at the University of North Texas which gave him the opportunity to be influenced and inspired by the large, eclectic musical community there as well. Mike Ryan is a genuine guy with genius talent, and the vision to surround himself with first rate musicians to help him maintain his direction, and you can bet that when the curtains roll back they’ll light up the stage.
At an early age, he’s poured a strong foundation for limitless and long-standing career. The strength of his ever-expanding guitar and vocal ability, as well as the desire to organize and maintain a band of bad asses, prove he is building a career to weather any storm. When it comes to Mike Ryan, whether it’s listening to recordings or seeing him live, you realize you just experienced something special. The good kind of special. And then BAM! …he finds a place in your list of favorites. You want more. You want to do it again. Mike Ryan is the real deal in a refreshingly down-to-earth package. Sincere smile included.