Ryan Hamner

Ryan Hamner

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A high-energy acoustic performer, Ryan has been performing live music for over 14 years and is steadily gaining momentum as his following grows both online and off! Listen for his new single, "Lay Me Down" to be hitting radio soon on Jesse James Dupree's label, Mighty Loud Records.

Biography

Confident, seductive crooner. Witty pop songsmith. Introspective folk troubadour. Those are just a few of the many looks that Columbus, GA-based workaholic Ryan Hamner offers on his self-titled debut EP, due soon on Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree’s burgeoning Mighty Loud label.

Hamner’s versatility is the product of a life full of professional and personal highs and lows. The young perfectionist left a comfortable but unfulfilling IT gig to pursue his rock ‘n’ roll dreams full time, and is just now starting to enjoy the fruits of his labor, crafting a wealth of heartfelt, largely acoustic pop originals. He’s also a lifelong Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor who shrugs off the obvious obstacles, going so far as to channel one down period into an inspirational children’s book, You’ll Be All Right, Buddy. It all comes together on wax, where he molds his vast array of experiences and influences—including, but not limited to John Mayer, Edwin McCain and Neil Young—into a fresh new persona all his own.

Hamner got his start much like any other hungry, modern singer-songwriter, developing an identity on MySpace and going so far as to offer a limited-edition free run of 2006 predecessor One Small Giant. “I did a lot of crazy, weird stuff, a lot of different giveaways,” he remembers. “It was really corny, but it helped spread the word. One of those songs on one of these internet radio stations, without me telling anybody to go vote or listen, it made it to the top 10. And it’s gonna be the single on this EP.”

That single, “Lay Me Down” is a perfect representation of Hamner’s considered solo work, abundant with melody, hooks and accessibility. Lushly layered guitars and whistles complement Hamner’s aching, earnest chorus, “lay me down at the water, I’ll give it all to the sea / you alone are my cover, so lay me down and I’ll be free.” And like every other song he writes, it’s the product of incredible care and hard work. After early recording sessions in Nashville, Hamner teamed up with modern rock production heavy Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox Twenty), tweaked percussion and vocals, rocked out with session bass and drums, and re-cut “Lay Me Down” from scratch. “I beat myself up about songs all the time,” Hamner shrugs, opining that the difference between his self-released work and the EP material is that “I just learned how to write. I’m always writing; I’m always listening to people that know how to do it.”

His studies have paid off in spades. The somber “So Soon” is ambiguous enough to function as the elegy of a relationship or a family member. “That was the first real song I ever really wrote, after my grandfather died,” Hamner reveals. “When I was six I didn’t go to school a lot, so I stayed with him and my grandmother. They would take care of me, take me fishing. When he died, it killed me.”

Anything inspires Hamner these days, from the long-distance ex who pops up in both “Waiting on You” and “All I Need” (“She’ll probably want 50 percent of my publishing,” he quips) to the MySpace hater who claimed that he only writes love songs. Hamner promptly crafted a spirited defense; he says it probably won’t be recorded or released, but still… “Like I do with everything, I’m gonna work as hard at this as I possibly can and take it as far as I possibly can,” Hamner concludes. “I wanna take it to the next level.”

Lyrics

Everything You Need

Written By: Ryan Hamner

Everything You Need

Runnin’ round, fallin’ down let’s climb into this tree.
I’ll follow you everywhere if you’ll just follow me.
The sun is up the sun is gone and it don’t cost a thing,
And neither does this heart of mine that sits inside of me.

[Chorus]
Cause baby I’ve got everything you need.
My heart’s on fire can’t see.
So can’t you just stay a while with me?
Cause baby I’ve got everything you need.
We’ll leave the town that shot us down what a story it will be,
As they all collaborate to create the mystery
A girl that left and disappeared and climbed up in a tree
with a man that stood at seven feet with everything she needs.

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

All I Need

Written By: Ryan Hamner

All I Need

I don’t mind
how far I have to come to see you
Or all the calls I make
Because I just want to hear you

you’ve known along
That what I want does not surround you
It’s that place inside
just like how I found you

[chorus]
I want you to feel
This heat you put in my veins
Bring on the world, all of the seas
All of the winter rains
Because if I’m wrapped up in you
And you’re wrapped up in me
That’s all I need

I want to show you
my heart’s bigger than my body
but I know it can’t
buy that mazerati

So here’s a song
that is just for you my lady
I’m hoping soon
To one day call you baby

[chorus]

[bridge]

[chorus]

Waiting on You

Written By: Ryan Hamner

Waiting on You

I’ve got something to say
but I don’t want to say it
because it’s something I don’t want to hear
and I got, something that I need to tell you
but I can’t because it just won’t come in clear

[Chorus]
You know I’ve tried waiting on you to want me like I want you
I get so tired of waiting on you to want me like I want you too
You know, I’ll die, waiting on you to want me like I want you too

You keep running
and I’ve been chasing
but you just don’t seem to ever wanna catch me
and I got, something that I need to tell you
but I can’t because it just won’t come in clear

[Chorus]
You know I’ve tried waiting on you to want me like I want you
I get so tired of waiting on you to want me like I want you too
You know, I’ll die, waiting on you to want me like I want you too

[Bridge]
And only I can stop chasing
And only I can stop waiting
Yet I am still hanging
And will keep on hanging on to you

[Chorus]
You know I’ve tried waiting on you to want me like I want you
I get so tired of waiting on you to want me like I want you too
You know, I’ll die, waiting on you to want me like I want you too

So Soon

Written By: Ryan Hamner

So Soon

People come and people go
When and where you never know.
Time has its way
Of painting everything so gray.

[Prechorus]
As the seasons will change
Time will rearrange
The things you wanted to remain

[Chorus]
And I want to know why you had to go so soon
And I want to know if you know I miss you
I was hopin’, I was dreamin’ , I was prayin’, I was screamin’, For you
And I want to know why you had to go so soon

I was never sure you’d leave
Never knew that you could go
It’s funny how things happen
When you least expect them too

[Prechorus]

[Chorus]

I was so hurt I couldn’t look on
Heard the words on the phone
I’m sorry you left that way
Wrong time, wrong place

[Chorus]

Best Days of Our Lives

Written By: Ryan Hamner

Best Days of Our Lives
I know it seems all broken
I wonder what you must think
This isn’t what I would have chosen
Memories suddenly sting

[chorus]
So I’ll try
If you stay
We just can’t end it this way
So let’s try
One more time
And make these
The best days of our lives

I know I left you shaken
I know I left you cold
But I want to end all the aching
I want to make you whole

[chorus]
So I’ll try
If you stay
We just can’t end it this way
So let’s try
One more time
And make these
The best days of our lives

Discography

Ryan has just finished up a 6-song EP with producer Jeff Tomei (Edwin McCain, Matchbox Twenty) and Mighty Loud Records. The EP features the song, "Lay Me Down" which was number one on several internet radio stations and will be Ryan’s first single to hit radio. Ryan’s song, Everything You Need, was recently licensed by MTV Productions for use in several TV shows on MTV, Lifetime and Oxygen. Expect to hear more of Ryan on the radio and elsewhere this summer!

Set List

ORIGINALS
All I Need
Lay Me Down
The Memories
So Soon
When I'm Breathing
Baby Don't Love Me
Driving On
Everything You Need
Sorry
Whatever Happened
Searching for Something
Country Club Superstar
Waiting On You
Best Days of Our Lives
Wake Up
Never Say Never
Shine
Never Go Away
Another Round

COVERS
Settle for a Slowdown - Dierks Bentley
Chariot - Gavin Degraw
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
Melissa - Allman Brothers
I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
Suzy Q - CCR
High and Dry - Radiohead
Train Station Blues - Jimi Hendrix
Pride n' Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Makes Sense to Me - Widespread Panic
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix/Dave Matthews
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
All For You - Siste