Nate Ripley

Nate Ripley

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Nate Ripley is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a flair for rock. His fingerpicking guitar stylings couple with his intense vocals to expose his raw yet thoughtful lyrics.

Biography

From the very beginning there was something different about Nate Ripley. Raised in Victoria, B.C. he began singing at weddings and special events. In fact, it was often difficult to keep him quiet. At an early age, he began studying the classical guitar and his pursuit of the instrument quickly turned into an obsession. Every spare moment he could find would be used for further practicing. He participated in many guitar festivals and camps earning awards for his playing and completing Grade 7 in Classical Guitar and Grade 3 in musical theory with the Toronto Conservatory.

In 1999, Nate picked up the electric guitar and joined the school jazz band. Later on, he toured with the band in Cuba and played a wide variety of venues with them throughout Victoria. At the same time, Nate paired up with Jean Paul Maurice in 9th grade career and personal planning class to form the rock quartet now known as Maurice. It was at this time that Nate formally started songwriting and it was not long before he was awarded the Richard D. Hall memorial award for music composition. The band quickly fell into a rigorous practice schedule and began playing gigs all over town, including bars (although all of the members at this time were vastly underage). The group played some unique gigs. Once, they setup a generator and played on a field during the Victoria marathon, giving them exposure to thousands of runners passing by. Other gigs included the Teen Talent awards in which Nate and JP performed and were interviewed by Chek 6 News as well as consecutive performances at YoFest. The rapid development of the band led Nate and its members to seek out management and a place to record. Through an ad in the newspaper, looking for talent, the band began recording with Peter Boddman (formerly of The Models) and Trevor Timberman at the Electric Café recording studio in Victoria. The bands recordings sparked the interest of 604 Records, Maple Records and EMI publishing and Peter and Trevor proposed that the band sign a management contract with them.

Nate left the band in 2004 because of artistic differences and his feeling that the proposed management deal would hinder the success of the group. With his passion for music growing even stronger but with no band behind him, Nate began putting his full focus on songwriting and the pursuit of his solo career. He wrote a couple of albums worth of songs in a couple of months and soon he was playing regularly at open mics and cafés to showcase his new material. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response to his performances, he decided to use the money he had earned tree planting the previous summer to setup a home recording studio. From his early days using vintage 4 track recorders to his countless hours spent in a professional studio, the recording process had always fascinated Nate. Along with the artistic aspect of music, he was also interested in the business aspect of music. To this end, he read all the information about the industry he could get his hands on and also took business and marketing classes at a community college. His interest in all aspects of music landed him a job with SonyBMG Music Canada as their sales representative for Vancouver Island. He has recently moved on to become the Sales Rep for Sirius Satellite Radio in the region and was recently a regional finalist in the David Foster Star Search Competition.

Known for his energetic and thought provoking performances of well crafted and hooky acoustic material, Nate Ripley is an artist driven to succeed.

Lyrics

Rainy Day

Written By: Nathan Ripley

You can run
And you can hide
From love
You can tear it out
Or scream above
You can ask
So whatcha doing now?
You spend most your life
Just trying to figure it out

Every moment
Every day
Just trying to find the words to say
You don't think
You need this anymore

It's just another rainy day
It's just another rainy day

You can see inside yourself
Somehow
You can make it work
But whatcha doing now?
Yeah

Every moment
Every day
Just trying to find the words to say
You don't think
You need me anymore

It's just another rainy day
It's just another rainy day

You can feel
Or you can try to forget
But what you're giving out
Is what you're gonna get

Every moment
Every day
Just trying to find the words to say
You don't think
You need me anymore

It's just another rainy day
It's just another rainy day
It's just another rainy day
It's just another rainy day

Songs of Yesterday

Written By: Nathan Ripley

You're green
Jealous of the scene
You're afraid to wake up
To a silent spring

Turn on
Tune in
Drop out
It's the same story you always think about

And there's no flowers left for your gun
Too many times around the sun
What's left just burns away
You breathe it out its not to late

For singing songs of yesterday

You know what the times are doing
But who'd think it would happen so fast?
When did you become the enemy?
Still clinging to those dreams of the past

Some peace died when Lennon got shot
Protest the war
Protest the thought
That you're getting old
That what you got
Was a trip that could never last

And there's no flowers left for your gun
Too many times around the sun
What's left just burns away
You breathe it out its not too late

For singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Of yesterday

Now you've got troubles of your own
They've grown up quick and just left home
You should smile but you feel alone
It's hard to let go

You sit inside a cloud of smoke
You sometimes talk and sometimes joke
With your troubles but deep down you hope
They can feel just like you did

And there's no flowers left for your gun
Too many times around the sun
What's left just burns away
You breathe it out its not too late

For singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Singing songs
Of yesterday

We Come Back To Each Other

Written By: Nathan Ripley

You can stay
Or you can go
But let me tell you now
Just so you know
Forgetting's not the same as forgiveness

You whisper words now in the dark
You build up love then you
Tear it
Tear it apart

You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
You can say what you want
But we come back to each other

Lonely child
Lonely mind
Lonely leaving all your life behind
You'd give it all for a little meaning

You whisper words now in the dark
You build up love then you
Tear it
Tear it apart

You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
You can say what you want
But we come back to each other

You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
You can say what you want
But we come back to each other
We come back to each other
We come back to each other
We come back to each other
We come back to each other