Eric Ryan was born outside Orlando, Florida. At a very young age his family of five moved to Unionville, VA. and returned to Florida years later. He first started playing with the idea of guitar at Twelve years of age, but didnâ€™t apply himself to learn it until four years later. "I learned to play on my Father's old Yamaha acoustic. â€śI love playing guitar, don't get me wrong; I just found myself focusing more on singing and performing. It wasn't until nine-teen that I even began to attempt to write a song." Eric's Mother (a pianist and amateur songwriter herself) would later fuel Ryanâ€™s passion for story-driven music.
Currently based in Clarksville, TN. (just Northwest of Nashville) â€śEric Ryan encompasses his own hybrid of Country Musicâ€ť (Stereostickman.com) and spent the last two years touring up and down Florida putting in over 320 shows in two years! "I suppose the way I found my sound is no different then most, I drew off influences by every artist I had ever loved listening to... well, that and many years of writing and playing live shows... music tends to evolve along those lines. Hell, Iâ€™m still dialing it in."
Ryan was a former Top 20 National Finalist on the hit TV series 'Nashville Star' pilot in 2003 with Country Music heavyweight Miranda Lambert. It seems Ericâ€™s primary goal is to connect with the audience. "My job is to tell stories, but you have to tell those stories correctly, you have to deliver them with power and passion. We as entertainers owe country music fans that at the very least! The fans are the people that literally give us our dreams! I have to find a way to perform a song that will reach that person(s) out there that needs those words the most in that moment. Itâ€™s surprising how strongly the right song at the right time can change the course of a person's entire life. It's never enough to just sing a song ya know?" Eric Ryan gained a major sponsor in 2018 via *Larrivee Guitars and within a very short time since moving to Nashville he has managed to land two more! Westone Audio, one of the worldâ€™s leading IEM (In Ear monitoring) companies and G7th Capos, a company that has revolutionized how guitar capos are made and how they function. Add to that a few endorments and to be honest even Iâ€™m wondering how he did all this so quickly. It is also worth noting that Eric has no manager, no agent, no web master, no graphic artist and no social media handlers, itâ€™s all him. Seriously Eric, when do you sleep man?!
"Eric Ryan is an established and dedicated country music singer/songwriter based in the U.S. His music offers audiences a captivating array of heartfelt stories from various viewpoints, always beautifully written and performed." -Â StereoStickman.com
Eric Ryan has done opening performances for such amazing artists as: Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Chad Brock, Rhett Akins, Dierks Bentley, Mongomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Chris Cagle, Edwin McCain and Joe Diffie.
"Thank you all so much for taking the time to listen." -ER
Biography Written by: Casey Wendell
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