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On his new, all-original 12-song CD, If I Was A Song, Ryan comes across as what he is: a genuine small-town family man whose inspirational modern country music reflects the ideals and moral standards of a seemingly bygone generation. Not coincidentally, his musical influences are Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, John Denver and Chris LeDoux – also are known for their down-to-earth lifestyles, centering around family, friendship, and a quiet faith. Ryan is a standout performer who is high on the list of Nashville tunesmiths seeking a collaborator with creativity and musical honesty.
A gifted singer, songwriter and musician whose small-town roots – Coal Valley, Illinois, run deep, Ryan's songs strike a chord with lovers of all types of music. His solo-write, He Rules the Roost was a multiple award-winner in the international Unisong Competition, and the deeply moving song “She Could Have Been Beautiful,” co-written with wife Jennifer, won the People’s Choice award in that competition's “Social/Politcal” category, no doubt chosen by listeners who share Ryan's views on family, life and love. It most recently was awarded as Top Ten Finalist in the NSAI/CMT song contest. Some of Ryan’s other favorite songs have also been recognized in competitions sponsored by CMT (Country Music Television) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).
Also included on the If I Was A Song CD are such standout tracks as the touching “His Heart Remembers” (co-written with his mother Mary about his grandparents); “Star Stuff,” written for his young daughter, Taylor, who seems bent on stardom with her talent and precocious nature; and the family man anthem “Big Spender,” which leaves no doubt about what comes first in Ryan’s life: the people he loves. These songs reflect who Ryan is, and will always be, even with his ever-growing success – a middle-class man who loves God, his family, his country, and his music.