Ryan Ahlwardt

Ryan Ahlwardt

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Up-and-coming singer/songwriter acoustic pop/rock ala "James Taylor-meets-John Mayer" accentuated by catchy melodies, powerful vocals, and Midwest soul.

Biography

When Ryan Ahlwardt (pronounced “all-wert”) emerged from Bloomington, IN, home of his alma mater Indiana University, in the spring of 2003 as a 22-year old singer, he was unaware of the various places his musical talents would take him over the next four years.

After an exciting tour of the world performing onboard luxury cruise liners, Ahlwardt returned to Indiana’s familiar environs to hone his crafts as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist. With an intense touring schedule and word-of-mouth promotion from a loyal fan base, he was able to take one of the nation’s largest college towns by storm and rapidly expand his reach throughout the well-connected Midwest acoustic circuit.

“I returned to Bloomington to get reconnected with world-class musicians and venues that were friendly towards songwriters,” said Ahlwardt in a recent interview. “With all the time to write out on the ocean, I came back with a sense of anticipation to begin performing, create a following, and record my album. Eventually, as the songs caught on and took shape, I realized how quickly my audience base was growing and word was being spread.”

Now 25-years old and touring in support of the release of his debut album, I Can See Forever, Ahlwardt has performed across the nation and shared the stage with such artists as Gabe Dixon, Ben Lee, The Beach Boys, Martin Sexton, Will Hoge, Rich Hardesty, The Spin Doctors, The Temptations, and Shania Twain. With a guitar-style akin to “James Taylor-meets-John Mayer,” as Ahlwardt describes it, powerful vocal ability, catchy hooks, and conversational lyrics that his audiences can relate with, this Indianapolis-based songwriter is equally impressive and entertaining to watch perform, something easy to do with his busy tour calendar.

With influences ranging everywhere from Sam Cooke, the Beatles, and James Taylor to Jack Johnson and John Mayer, Ahlwardt has huddled next to such recent up-and-coming singer/songwriters artists as Ari Hest, Dave Barnes, and Marc Broussard in his twenty-something fans’ iPods and car stereos. “I was fortunate enough growing up to have my parents and grandparents season my musical palate with all kinds of quality music. Once I started playing guitar, I taught myself all those tunes, which is really when I began writing. It’s still second nature for me to pull out James Taylor’s ‘Greatest Hits’ to get me back on track when I’m in a writing slump or John Mayer’s ‘Room For Squares’ when I need inspiration,” Ahlwardt reminisces.

With the much anticipated release of his debut album, I Can See Forever, which he co-produced with Indianapolis-based engineer/drummer Darnell Perkins and Chicago-bred bassist Eugene McGhee, Ahlwardt claims that he is “just getting started.”

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Lyrics

I Can See Forever

Written By: R. Ahlwardt

Intro
It's 4 AM and I'm down again
I need to rise up from where I've been
There's nothing like a memory to put me back in line to where I used to be
I light up a melody and take a stroll
No destination sounds like a nice place to lose control

These picture frames they do no justice to this life that's moving past us - so much trouble passing by
No escaping - don't even try

"I Can See Forever"
Sailing on the cool blue waters, this northern sky's so bright
There's a lighthouse on the shoreline, but it doesn't know it doesn't need to shine its light over me tonight

Because I can see forever
I should know better
Tomorrow's just a night away
But I need some time to pass me by until I find that all I need is you

I read the headlines of a local paper
It seems that everything's the same
Just the same as before I came here
Before I ever knew there would be a time that things would only end up the same

But now I can see forever
I should know better
Tomorrow's just a night away
But I need some time to pass me by until I find that all I need is you

The sun's sinking low tonight in Juneau
But do you know just what I saw?
The northern lights above the mountains shining their light over me tonight

Now I can see forever
I should know better
Tomorrow's just a night away
But I need some time to pass me by until I find that all I need is to see forever

I should know better
Tomorrow's just a night away
But I need some time to pass me by until I find that all I need is you

Little Peace Song

Written By: R. Ahlwardt

I'm just a wheel number five in the middle of a live rock show
I had to go hear this cat that's on the radio
He's singing about a chariot that's on fire
Me and my friends we can't get much higher
We ain't doin' none of that (despite what you think)
We're just posted up top in a balcony scene
We're laughing and we're singing and we have a good time
Now everybody shake it to the sound of my rhyme

I like the beat that's in the air
I'm dancin' like nobody cares
I'm feelin' all ya'll here tonight
Just do your thing but do it right

Welcome on back, yellow, blue, white, and black
Everybody love your brother - try to help one another
What goes around, comes around and what comes around goes back around
We don't need nothin' but the rhythm to become one
Everybody bob your head and let's all sing along

I like the beat that's in the air
I'm dancin' like nobody cares
I'm feelin' all ya'll here tonight
Just do your thing but do it right

It's just a little peace song trying to help us get along
In the middle of the trouble, don't be livin' in a bubble
See, we're all one mind and all one world
And like it or not, we're just little boys and girls who need to make some time and find some love
Let the music move you - thank God above and sing

I like the beat that's in the air
I'm dancin' like nobody cares
I'm feelin' all ya'll here tonight
Just do your thing but do it right

Make some time to find some love
Make some time to find some love
Make some time to find some love
Yeah, sing it one more time

Make some time to find some love
Make some time to find some love
Make some time to find some love

I like the beat that's in the air
I'm dancin' like nobody cares
I'm feelin' all ya'll here tonight
Just do your thing but do it right

Turn My Head To Home

Written By: R. Ahlwardt

Take me back when I was younger, sitting on down by the water
Naming the stars with my grandfather, waiting on that rollin' thunder
Now leaves from red and orange trees are bringing back these memories
I hear them underneath my feet walking alone down Mitchell Street
They're saying goodbye

So won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where I, where I belong
Won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where, where I, where I belong

We'd sit and watch the world go by underneath those southern skies
And truth be told that waterline takes me back there every time
So I'm saying goodbye

So won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where I, where I belong
Won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where, where I, where I belong

It's time - let's go outside
Back to Venetian Isles with you on a summer night
It's time - southern mothers, you don't have to be alone
Just turn my head to home

So won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where I, where I belong
Won't you turn my head to home?
Because that's where, where I, where I belong

Discography

I Can See Forever (May 2006)
Untitled (Fall 2007)

Set List

Can perform 4+ hours of music (w/set breaks) and/or acoustic opener slots.

ORIGINALS:
I Can See Forever
Maybe On Another Day
Holly
Saturday Night Live Girl
Little Peace Song
Windows Down
Flying With You
This Mess
Waiting
Turn My Head To Home
Walnut Street Blues
Best Intentions
Round In Circles
SR 37
Side Street
Mike's Song
A Thousand Miles
Almost Home
Bad Girl
Deja Vu
Captain Harry
Home (Falling Into You)
Steady As She Goes
Will You Wait For Me
New Blues

COVERS:
Tin Man - America
Until You - Dave Barnes
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
I've Just Seen a Face - Beatles
Twist And Shout - Beatles
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Beatles
We Can Work It Out - Beatles
No Diggity - Blackstreet
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
The Scientist - Coldplay
In My Place - Coldplay
Yellow - Coldplay
Fix You - Coldplay
Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
Twistin' The N