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For Nashville based singer-songwriter Ryan Crowley, releasing a solo album of original material has always been a dream. The independent release of Find My Way brings that dream to life. With 13 songs, this full production shows off his rock roots with pop melodies and bluesy guitar playing.
The project began when he and producer Chris McGuire got the idea to raise money for an album with the crowfunding site rockethub.com. "We knew that we could make something really great, but money talks!" says Crowley. "We launched our campaign with rockethub, and within 90 days we received a remarkable amount of support from friends, family, and fans. We could not have done this without them."
While earning his degree studying the recording industry at MTSU, Crowley worked as the front man for the blues-rock trio "Swagger" and began building his resume as a sideman guitarist for artists like Royal Wade Kimes. “You have to wear a lot of hats in the music business, to be able to switch genres for whatever the job calls for," he says. "And while getting to play for other artists is so much fun, there is something special about doing your own project."
Crowley applies his theory about genres to his originals as well. Pop-Rock numbers like "Oh No Oh My" and "The Way Back Home" that one might expect to hear on a John Mayer recording are side-by-side with string-quartet numbers like "Lay Me Down Easy" and the bluesy "Sunday Morning." Reminiscent of albums like The Beatles' Revolver, Find My Way effortlessly blends styles without losing its identity. “What stands out about (Find My Way)… is its writer’s versatility when it comes to adding instrumentation like strings or horns,” says Jessica Pace of The Murfreesboro Pulse. “His voice pairs well with whatever direction the music goes.”
So with the album now completed, Crowley and McGuire (who also takes on the role of manager for the singer) look to promote the project with live shows and radio appearances. Having recently performed at Opry Mills Mall (presented by Harbor Entertainment) and “Middle Tennessee Unplugged” at Murfreesboro’s 3 Brothers Craft Brewhouse (presented by Valience Music), Crowley exudes his excitement . “The album was only the beginning. Bringing it to an audience, getting to play these songs live… that’s truly going to be an adventure!”