Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Biography

Growing up around the beat and pounding of his father’s drums for a rock cover band, Kevin Ryan began his love affair with music at an early age. At age 10 he started testing the waters of songwriting, but it wasn’t until he was 19 and away at college in New York City that he discovered his own unique style of pop/rock and started the journey that led to his self-titled debut album Kevin Ryan, which will be released in the fall of 2013.

This Minneapolis based singer/songwriter features an intoxicating and affecting baker’s dozen of introspective songs about fear, heartbreak, doubt, lust, rage, confusion, revival, and hope. The debut album consists of 13 memorable tracks, 10 of which were penned solely by Kevin and three with co-writer and producer, Chad Shank. From the alluring piano ladened first single “Midnight”, to the glossy radio friendly “See It All”, and the heart wrenching “This Letter” ( a word of warning to parents who don’t accept their child’s GLBT lifestyle) , one theme rings true throughout the entire album and that is to not only accept the person you are, but to embrace it.

Inspired by a fusion of various musical styles such as Freddy Mercury, Michelle Branch, The Fray, Chantal Kreviazuk, Savage Garden, Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, The Beatles, and Matchbox Twenty, Kevin developed his own entrancing style full of acoustic and electric guitars, sweeping piano parts, heavy drum beats, and most importantly heartfelt lyrics. Subsequent critical reception of his music was found favorable when his song, “Won’t Stop” won an audience voted competition on Mitchell, South Dakota’s Q107.3 radio for the best original song.

Deep inside the spirit of Kevin beats the lifeblood of victory over the harsh realities of both inner and outer struggles associated with love, longing, and his gay lifestyle. His music reveals a proclivity for pricking the heart rather than rejoicing in the monotonous status quo of contemporary pop/rock sounds. By sharing his passion for music as well as the ascent above life’s never ending obstacles, Kevin’s recognizable passion is evident.

Lyrics

Midnight (Your Eyes)

Written By: Kevin Ryan

Midnight
By Kevin Ryan

VERSE 1
I was eighteen in the winter
When my life changed forever
All those feelings locked up inside
They broke out on that one night

PRE-CHORUS
You were standing there with your hands in your pockets
Cool as the snow in your black letter jacket
Caught in a wave of your intensity
I still look back at that time

CHORUS
Cause the night was alive as it shined so brightly into
Your eyes, your eyes
That full moon was stunning but you had me running into
Your eyes, your eyes
And I don’t know why but I felt I could fly
Cause the night was alive as it shined so brightly into
Your eyes, that midnight

VERSE 2
I turned nineteen that summer
When you came back from college
All those feelings from our last time
Reignited with you that night

PRE-CHORUS
We were walking next to the lake under starlight
No one was around just a spark and two smiles
Forbidden was the road that we chose
But it couldn’t feel more right

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Sky has got me wondering why
You can’t be mine
So the years go by and you’re on my mind
And I see you from time to time
Now I’m twenty-two and I’m here with you
I pray for no daylight

CHORUS
Cause the night is alive as it shines so brightly into
Your eyes, your eyes
That full moon is stunning but you’ve got me running into
Your eyes, your eyes
And I don’t know if you’ll ever be mine
But I’m holding my breath after all this time
Cause the night is alive as it shines so brightly into
Your eyes, this midnight

Discography

Midnight (Your Eyes)