Brett Ryan

Brett Ryan

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandPopAdult Contemporary

St. Cecilia Soul, Brett's new CD is Sweet Soul Music, a sparkling collection reminiscent of early Van Morrison's horn driven 70s sound. Brett steps up to the plate vocally and is a crowd pleaser.

Biography

After a few years of redirecting his creative energy to the restoration of old Victorian buildings and staying home to help raise a young family Brett Ryan releases St. Cecilia Soul, a fresh, passionate and authentic album from one of the East Coast’s best singer-songwriters.

From his early days busking the late-night streets of Halifax, Brett Ryan has always been a soulful singer. With the passionate intensity of Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen, he has always worked hard to find the perfect setting for his songs.

Through the mid-‘80s, he played bass in the pop-rock outfit Little Ministers. With its polished pop sheen and some promising songwriting, the band grabbed the attention of several international record labels.

Brett found his focus as a solo artist, releasing his debut album The Answer’s Electric in 1991. Released on the Attic/A&M label, the title single went Top 20 in Canada and Top 10 in Belgium, Holland, Australia and Japan. The album also netted him a coveted East Coast Music Award as male artist of the year.

Brett followed up with the critically-acclaimed releases The Babylon Mask, A Place at the Table, and the Top 10 charting Escaping Gravity.

FEEDBACK ON ST. CECILIA SOUL
QUOTES

"Brett Ryan is an important figure on the east coast music scene whose presence has been missed over the last few years. He's an extremely talented songwriter. I've heard the new stuff, and so should you!"
~ Lennie Gallant

"What a great singer and songwriter! Brett is the real deal and he epitomizes the industry expression "the total package." Awesome stuff!"
~ Doug Riley
(Ray Charles, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Seger etc.)

“Ryan effortlessly mines the rich mother lode of gospel, pop, R&B, and soul to create songs that percolate with energy, passion and the sheer joy of making music.”
~ Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Magazine

"St. Cecilia Soul is absolutely outstanding! Brett Ryan’s most honest and powerful recording to date!"
~ Glenn Meisner, Producer, CBC Atlantic Airwaves

“Killer CD! A triumphant return!”
~ Matt Northorp - C100

A killer album! If Van Morrison recorded these songs, he’d have his biggest hit album in thirty years.
~ JC Douglas, - Music Director Q104

Lyrics

The Sound of The Rain (on the roof of my car)

Written By: Brett Ryan & Ron Foley MacDonald

The Sound of The Rain (on the roof of my car)

The first light of morning
Was never so kind
You take what’s yours
I’ll take what’s mine
On second thought take everything
You can have it all
Just give me the keys to the buick
And we’ll call it a draw

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going, when I take it too far

You’re so saintly
You gave me one more chance
You’re hopelessly romantic
I’m hopeless with romance
I guess I’m just a failure
I thought I could pass
Put both hands on the wheel
Stepped right on the gas

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going when I take too far

Fair-weather lovers
They’re a dozen for a dime
This old car and me
Been friends a long long time
Through the sunshine
Through the pouring rain
There’s storm-cloud up ahead
Gonna drive right through it once again

Heavenly

Written By: Brett Ryan

Heavenly

Old vinyl all scratchy like sand
Take you places nothing else can
Words ringing so real so true
The nightingale’s got nothing on you

You send me when you’re singing that song
Get me going I’m real real gone
Base pumping tight to the beat
Horns cutting through knock me off my feet

Celtic soul oh oh oh oh oh
So oh oh oh

Heavenly I just float on the melody
Higher higher
Heavenly I just float on the melody
You’re the cure

Late at night ain’t getting no sleep
Getting nowhere counting them sheep
Only cure throw the headphones on
Healing me till the break of dawn

Chorus

Bridge
I know I know I know I know
I’m just another thief
Been drawn like a moth to the flame
When I hear that beat, knock me off my feet

Solo

Chorus

Sweet Summer Release

Written By: Brett Ryan/ Ron Foley MacDonald

Sweet Summer Release
(Ryan/MacDonald)

This is the time
When suddenly
All good things
Seem like they’re turning to gold

This is the time
When suddenly
Everything
Is no longer old

Everything seems to please
From the smiles on the faces
To the gulls on the breeze

Sweet sweet summer
Sweet summer release
Sweet sweet summer
Everything seems to please

This is the time
When memories
Suddenly
Echo and foment

This is the time
When suddenly
Eternity
Lasts for a moment

Everything seems to tease
The wind blows kisses
Through the shy nervous trees

Sweet sweet summer
Sweet summer release
Sweet sweet summer
Everything seems to please

From the looming blue sky
To the stars in the night
The season says what it means
Even skeptics believe

Check Out Girl

Written By: Brett Ryan

I’m in love with a check out girl
She was manning the scanner at the grocery store
I was the next in line
Ten items or less I had eleven
That’s when her eyes caught mine


There were fireworks bells rang out
Mister it was love at first sight
There was something special on that day
Under the bright blue light

I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
She really rocks my world
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love with a check out girl

Romeo and Juliet that was a tragedy
Now I ain’t no Shakespeare
But she loves me even though I’m high maintenance
She even likes a drink of beer

I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
She really rocks my world
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love with a check out girl

Bridge it’s a modern day fairy tale
Started with a simple smile
Boy meets girl falls in love
Now were walking down the aisle

I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
She really rocks my world
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love with a check out girl

I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
She really rocks my world
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love I’m in love
I’m in love with a check out girl

One True Love

Written By: Brett Ryan

One true love

10 years is a long time
They go by so fast
Can I have the next eternity
You’re my future, my present and my past

Loving’ you is easy
Feels so natural
A gentle breeze on a warm summer night
When the moon is full

You are the earth and sea
You’re the sun that shines on me
You are the stars above
You’re my one true love

When the world gets the best of me
You’ve always been strong
So faithful I’ll always be
I’d never do you wrong

You are the earth and sea
You’re the sun that shines on me
You are the stars above
You’re my one true love

Some people search forever
They’re left out in the cold
Looking for some treasure
You’re my silver my silver and gold

You are the earth and sea
You’re the sun that shines on me
You are the stars above
You’re my one true love

America

Written By: Brett Ryan

America
In a land of broad shoulders and big open skies
Where everyone dreams of a piece of the pie
Where it’s all for one and it’s one for all
United we stand and we’ll never fall

America sweet land of liberty
Here’s to those who fought and died
To keep this country free America

In a world that's in tatters
Seeing darkness creeping in
It’s the only place that matters
Where freedom really means something

One country united
One nation that’s strong
Where people roll up their sleeves
When it’s time to get things done

America sweet land of liberty
Here’s to those who fought and died
To keep this country free America

(Bridge)
Sometimes freedom means
More than just being free
Sometimes freedom means
Taking responsibility

In a room in Pennsylvania
There’s a paper that was signed
A promise to the people
That stands the test of time

America sweet land of liberty
Here’s to those who fought and died
To keep this country free America

America sweet land of liberty
Here’s to those who fought and died
To keep this country free America

Sound of the Rain (on the roof of my car)

Written By: Ryan/Macdonald

The Sound of The Rain (on the roof of my car)
(Ryan/MacDonald)

The first light of morning
Was never so kind
You take what’s yours
I’ll take what’s mine
On second thought take everything
You can have it all
Just give me the keys to the Buick
And we’ll call it a draw

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going doesn’t take me too far

You’re so saintly
You gave me one more chance
A hopeless romantic
I’m hopeless at romance
Guess I’m just a failure
Thought that I could pass
Both hands on the wheel
Step right on the gas

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going doesn’t take me too far

Fair-weather lovers
They’re a dozen for a dime
But this old car and me
We’ve been friends a long long time
Through the sunshine
Through the pouring rain
There’s a storm-cloud up ahead
Gonna drive right through it once again

Through the Bottom of a Glass

Written By: Ryan/Macdonald

Through the Bottom of a Glass
Ryan/MacDonald

Everything was fine
Once it stopped spinning
Woke up to a pile of bills
And the telephone ringing

The calendar had fallen
Down from the wall in a heap
I guess that last mountain
Was just a little too steep

Maybe I’m going too slow
Maybe the world’s going too fast
Maybe too slow, maybe too fast
For me to watch it
Through the bottom of a glass

One looked real good
Another looked better
Just got a problem
About going out to get her

She might say no
You know you know you know
She might say fine
But then she might bleed her life story
Till chapter thirty nine

Maybe I’m going too slow
Maybe the world’s going too fast
Maybe too slow, maybe too fast
For me to watch it
Through the bottom of a glass

The Mississippi Rive (runs backwards at night)

Written By: Ryan/Macdonald

The Mississippi River (runs backwards at night)
(Ryan/MacDonald)

You’d be surprised at what else happens
When the television set doesn’t work right
The planks on the veranda
When pressed just so heave sort of a tune
Ol’ Susanna Clair de Lune
Love comes and goes that kind of a tune

The Mississippi river runs backwards at night
The Mississippi river runs backwards at night

Frank Sinatra’s repertoire
Mocking the present like some old film noir
Kiss me deadly Criss Cross
Oh dang it did that thing really break down
Or did I just turn it off just turn it off
Just turn it off oh just turn it off

The Mississippi river runs backwards at night
The Mississippi river runs backwards at night

And sometimes it’s just so slow
The water comes the water goes
Today I think I’ll just be a glacier
And slide on the horizon

The Mississippi river runs backwards at night
The Mississippi river runs backwards at night

The Sound of the Rain (on the roof of my car)

Written By: Ryan/Macdonald

The Sound of The Rain (on the roof of my car)
(Ryan/MacDonald)

The first light of morning
Was never so kind
You take what’s yours
I’ll take what’s mine
On second thought take everything
You can have it all
Just give me the keys to the Buick
And we’ll call it a draw

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going doesn’t take me too far

You’re so saintly
You gave me one more chance
A hopeless romantic
I’m hopeless at romance
Guess I’m just a failure
Thought that I could pass
Both hands on the wheel
Step right on the gas

I love the sound of the rain on the roof of my car
Gets me where I’m going doesn’t take me too far

Fair-weather lovers
They’re a dozen for a dime
But this old car and me
We’ve been friends a long long time
Through the sunshine
Through the pouring rain
There’s a storm-cloud up ahead
Gonna drive right through it once again

Discography

St. Cecilia Soul (2007) Bratt Productions
Escaping Gravity (1998) Bratt Productions
A Place At the Table (1995) Bratt Productions
The Babylon Mask (1993) Bratt Productions
The Answer's Electric (1991) Attic A&M

Set List

Set 1
Dr. Music
St. Cecilia Soul
Sound of the Rain
Sweet Summer Release
Bella Rosa
Heavenly
Mississippi River
Mercy

Set 2
Empty House of Love
Back to the Music
Too Much of a Good Thing
If you were a Melody
Salvation Radio
Moonlight and You
Bottom of a Glass
Sunrise to Sunset

Set 3
Peaceful Kind of Love
Sidewalk Serenade
All those Tears
Crazy love
Love it’s what you feel
Sound of the Rain
Dr. Music
I Shall Be Released