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“The 'Beat' goes on for Staten Island singer Ryan Kelly STATEN ISLAND — Staten Islanders will get to hear the smooth, silky, sultry voice of Ryan Kelly during an upcoming prestigious songwriters’ bill in Manhattan. The gig, dubbed “Songwriter’s Beat,” translates into a musical event hosted by singer/songwriter and indie music maker Valerie Ghent. The event is set for Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at The Coffee House, 81 Christopher St. in St. John’s Church in Manhattan, where the Staten Island songstylist says she’ll be sharing the new material that she’s written over the course of 2013 into 2014 — as well as a few tunes from her album, “Not Just Another Girl.” For those who aren’t familiar with the album, it’s a compilation of diversified recordings that illustrate Ryan’s myriad musical influences and feels like a playlist of pop, rock, adult contemporary, easy listening, jazz, blues, orchestral and standards. (to read rest of blurb, visit the ”

“STATEN ISLAND, NY - Ex-Miss Staten Island Ryan Kelly's first album, "RYAN: Not Just Another Girl," is getting some radio play. It's 92 percent original, says the lavishly schooled (Carnegie Mellon University) singer/songwriter. She wrote 11 of the 12 tunes and even the lone cover, the Doors' acidic "Love Her Madly," gets a sunburned, bossa nova makeover. Past showcases have found this singer accessing many disparate voices, genres and styles, and she's still unclassifiable and adding new ones. Kelly recently discussed her music-writing, her multiple "voices" and her penchant for deftly compressed and informative lyrics. (She regrets to say that the love-gone-stale backstory in several of the new songs is one she knows a little too well.) Q: On the new release, you reveal many singular voices: A legit soprano, a scatty/jazzy... (visit the link for the rest of the article) http://www.silive.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2013/03/will_the_real_ruyan_kelly_plea.html#incart_river”

“Ryan's Song: A new CD by Ryan (a.k.a.Island actress and singer/song-writer Ryan Kelly), called "Not Just Another Girl," will debut at a launch party Nov. 13th at 10:00 PM in M1-5 at 52 Walker St. (between Church and Broadway), Manhattan. Kelly and the participating musicians will be providing a live taste of the new record. Kelly, who wrote 90% of the new release, describes it as mostly pop, with one cover ("Love Her Madly," by the Doors) and one "genuine 12- bar blues number."”

Michael Fressola - The Staten Island Advance: AWE

“Sultry singer Ryan Kelly has released her debut CD, "Not Just Another Girl" a diversified recording that illustrates Ryan's myriad musical influences and feels like a playlist of pop, rock, adult contemporary, easy listening, jazz, blues, orchestral and standards. Among the CD's highlights: "Love Her Madly" by The Doors has been reinvented as a cool, hot, Latin rumba with a laid-back vocal. The Lyric of "A Hard Place," the third track of Not Just Another Girl," was inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last year. Ryan made a short video documenting some of Hurricane Sandy's devastating effects and synced it to her original composition "A Hard Place." The video has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube and has resonated with many from Staten Island and the tristate Area. Ryan will debut the CD at a launch party Tues. at 10:00 PM in M1-5 at 52 Walker St NYC, where a free mini-concert will take place from 10:30 - 11:00 PM. No music charge, no min.”

Carol Ann Benanti - The Staten Island Advance

“Listen to her pitch perfect rendition of Billie Holiday songs”

The New York Times

“Her "Boy & Girl", a romantic post-mortem, holds its own next to such near-peerless Standards like "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To"”

Michael Fressola - The Staten Island Advance
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