Ryan Joseph

Ryan Joseph

 Sacramento, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter who writes mainly Pop/R&B, but branches into country, jazz, and other genres. Looking to get songs out there for those that would do them justice, but also enjoys performing....

Biography

Ryan Joseph discovered the power of great songwriters early in life listening to groups like Billy Joel, The Eagles and other classics. His parents also had a great appreciation for R&B and soul music, and always played and sang it in their house (Stylistics, Spinners, and Whitney Houston just to name a few). But it wasn't until he heard tunes from artists like Babyface, Brian McKnight, Counting Crows, and others that he was really turned on to the craft of songwriting. It was through their songs, not just for themselves-but for a myriad of other groups, that he realized how awesome song creation was.

He took choir in high school and discovered he had a decent voice, and very soon started to learn piano and guitar to accompany himself singing. As the trials and tribulations of life, and love hit, he turned to songs to help express himself and his emotions.

Since then he has written over 30 completed songs, with over 70 that are works in progress. Most are Pop and R&B, but he also writes country, jazz, folk, and alternative.

He recently won 'best performance' in the Sacramento West Coast Songwriters Songwriting competion, and was a semi-finalist in Mark Pinder's Songwars for the song Wonderful.

He is currently a high school teacher and loves it. But he also loves writing music as well and would love nothing more that to get his work out there for people to listen to.

Lyrics

Maybe

Written By: Ryan Joseph Traughber

Verse 1
I remember the day that we first met,
How your eyes met mine a moment froze in time,
How could I forget?
And I remember, the way our feelings grew,
How we tried to hide, deny it, even tell our lies,
But everybody knew.
And I remember we couldn’t do a thing,
I had a woman, you had a man,
But it couldn’t stop these feelings that we had,

B-Riff 1
Through all the changes, that happened since that day,
With everything pulling you away from me,
You still can’t walk away...

Chorus
Maybe it’s because every time we speak,
You’re thinking ‘I was meant for you and you were meant for me...’
But maybe’s not a place it’s just an in-between,
Ain’t no more maybes, I’m wanting everything,
And maybe it’s because every time you’re with me,
You’re thinking ‘I should just give in and let my heart concede,’
It wasn’t no maybe, it was fate that brought you here to me,
So let’s make this maybe reality.

Verse 2
I can tell that, it’s got you all confused,
I can see in your eyes, what’s on your mind,
And I know what you wanna’ do.
And you can’t deny it, it still ain’t gone away,
Cause when you call me on the phone your hesitating tone,
Says you wanna’ breakdown and say, that,

Riff 2
Through all the changes, happening in our lives,
With everything falling into place you see,
One thing’s just not right...

Chorus
Maybe it’s because every time we speak,
You’re thinking ‘I was meant for you and you were meant for me...’
But maybe’s not a place it’s just an in-between,
Ain’t no more maybes, I’m wanting everything,
And maybe it’s because every time you’re with me,
You’re thinking ‘I should just give in and let my heart concede,’
It wasn’t no maybe, it was fate that brought you here to me,
So let’s make this maybe reality.

Bridge
I’ve come to this point, in this life that’s so short,
Ain’t no ifs ands or buts there’s just you,
So I stand here today, no more games left to play,
Hoping maybe you need me,
As much as I need you...and...

Chorus
Maybe it’s because every time we speak,
You’re thinking ‘I was meant for you and you were meant for me...’
But maybe’s not a place it’s just an in-between,
Ain’t no more maybes, I’m wanting everything,
And maybe it’s because every time you’re with me,
You’re thinking ‘I should just give in and let my heart concede,’
It wasn’t no maybe, it was fate that brought you here to me,
So let’s make this maybe reality.

Finale
With all of our might, let’s make this right,
No more waiting, this is our life,
Let’s make this maybe,
Let’s make this maybe reality...

Wonderful

Written By: Ryan Joseph Traughber

Verse 1
She walks in the room, and that’s when he first sees her,
His whole world it stops, he just can’t hide his demeanor,
Right then and there he knows that he’d do anything to meet her,
He knows that she’s his one, and it’s just so wonderful.
After chasing her all night, he finally gets his chance,
But he loses all his words, all he can say is ‘wanna dance?’
She says yes and so he slowly takes her by the hand,
He can feel her heart beat, and it feels so wonderful.

Chorus 1
Sometimes you know, when you know deep down inside,
That there’s nothing more you want to know for the rest of your life,
And maybe one time you’ll feel like you’ve never felt so right,
And it’s nothing short of wonderful...

Verse 2
From that night they couldn’t spend one moment apart,
‘Cause everything they did was perfect, a modern work of art,
Just like that perfect feeling that was growing in his heart,
He was falling so deep, and it felt so wonderful.
So on that perfect night, he dropped down on one knee,
He looked her in the eyes and said, ‘would you spend your life with me?’
She said yes, and so he slowly slipped on that ring,
He could see their whole life, and it looked so wonderful.

Chorus 2
In the good times and bad, in the children that you bare,
I pray you find that special someone, with whom you can share,
Every magical moment, even those that seem mundane,
And know everyone’s so wonderful...

Verse 3
Years go by the doctors say that she’s become so ill,
But he just wont leave her side not for a moment not until,
With her last few breaths she says ‘I love you and I always will,
Thank you for the greatest gift, nothing’s been more wonderful.’
When she passed he couldn’t find more purpose in his life,
And he couldn’t eat or sleep, but his body grew so tired,
When the good lord saw to take him and he finally closed his eyes,
You know who was waiting there...
...and she never looked so wonderful.

Chorus 3
I hope that one day you look back in the twilight of your life,
And as all your stars are fading, one will still burn bright,
It’s that love that shines forever, that love that’ll never die,
And it’s nothing short of wonderful...

Might

Written By: Ryan Joseph Traughber

Verse 1
It’s so nice to finally find,
Someone who really cares,
After all the pain in my life,
To find a love that I can share,
Girl it’s happening so quick I know,
Can’t believe that we were just friends,
But if you say the word my lovely girl,
Girl I know I’ll let you in.

B-Riff 1
Cause I’d give my love to you,
Do what you want me to,
I don’t give a damn if it’s right or wrong
Girl I just wanna’ love you.
Girl we can take it slow,
I know that we both know,
Where we’re coming from,
Or say, what the hell, let’s have some fun.

Chorus
Might wanna’ take it there,
Might wanna’ but I’m scared,
Might not be the only one,
That might wanna’ share their love.
Might wanna’ give you things,
You might make me wanna’ sing,
But tonight we might be free,
So just put your might on me...

Verse 2
And as time goes by I find that I’m,
Falling more and more for you,
But I don’t wanna’ pressure and I don’t wanna’ rush,
Cause I know you feel it too,
I don’t want this feeling to ever end,
Even if we leave the night as just friends,
But if you say the word my lovely girl,
Girl I know I’ll let you in.

Riff 2
Cause I’d give my love to you,
Do what you want me to,
I don’t give a damn if it’s right or wrong
Girl I just wanna’ love you.
Girl we can take it slow,
I know that we both know,
Where we’re coming from,
Or say, what the hell, let’s have some fun...

Chorus
Might wanna’ take it there,
Might wanna’ but I’m scared,
Might not be the only one,
That might wanna’ share their love.
Might wanna’ give you things,
You might make me wanna’ sing,
But tonight we might be free,
So just put your might on me...

Breakdown
Girl I know that we’re both afraid,
But what we’ve got here you don’t find everyday,
I respect that fact that we’re gonna’ wait,
But if we change our minds it won’t be too late,
What the future brings if we take it there,
Might fly high or breakdown, but I just don’t care,
Now all I know you’re all I’m thinking of,
So let’s just kiss,
We might just share our love...

Chorus
Might wanna’ take it there,
Might wanna’ but I’m scared,
Might not be the only one,
That might wanna’ share their love.
Might wanna’ give you things,
You might make me wanna’ sing,
But tonight we might be free,
So just put your might on me...

In A Perfect World

Written By: Ryan Joseph Traughber

Verse 1
In a perfect world,
You’d be with me.
But in this world of dark and shadows,
Nothing’s what it seems.
I prayed for you for so long,
And you finally came to me.
But your love was just an illusion,
You weren’t what you said that you’d be.

B-Riff 1
How could you do this,
Break my heart in two?
Is it so hard to be honest?
All I wanted was the truth.
And I know that somehow I’ll get through this,
I just wish it was with you,
Until I get over, then I’m under,
And there’s nothing left to do…but say…

Chorus
Why am I the one to cry?
I don’t want to cry no more.
Why do I even try?
What am I trying for?
Well I’ve got to move on, I’ve got to be strong,
Keep my chin up, things will get better.
But until that day comes,
All I have is that world in my mind.

Verse 2-
In a perfect world,
Words would mean what they mean.
That’s a place that’s long been forgotten,
A shell is all you see.
I can’t believe I finally found you,
Fell into place so perfectly.
But your lies they pierced right through me,
Now a shell is what I’ll be.

B-Riff 2
How could you do this,
Lead me down this road?
You told me everything that I so missed,
You made my walls erode,
And now I sit here waiting, and wishing,
For this emptiness to go,
Until I get over, then I’ll wonder,
Will I always be alone…and say…

Chorus
Why am I the one to cry?
I don’t want to cry no more.
Why do I even try?
What am I trying for?
Well I got to move on, I’ve got to be strong,
Keep my chin up, things will get better.
But until that day comes,
All I have is that world in my mind.

Bridge-
Maybe we could go back
To the day that we first met,
And everything would be perfect,
But this is now and that was then.
What’s come before and what’s still to come,
Is our of our control,
Maybe in a perfect world, you’d be my girl,
But now we’ll never know…

Chorus
Why am I the one to cry?
I don’t want to cry no more.
Why do I even try?
What am I trying for?
Well I got to move on, I’ve got to be strong,
Keep my chin up, things will get better.
But until that day comes,
All I have is that world in my mind.

Finale
In a perfect world, you’d be with me…

Stay With Me Love

Written By: Ryan Joseph Traughber

Verse 1
And if all the world came crashing, right here, right now,
Would you help me build a life with the pieces?
And if all that we knew, was turning cold and blue,
Would you stay with me until it all freezes?
Everyone can make it through good times,
But not everyone can make it through pain,
Everyone fares good in the sunshine,
But tell me can you make it through rain?

Chorus
Would you stay with me love?
Would you stay by my side?
Would I still be that one,
Be the one for all time?
Would you still fall in love,
Everyday of your life?
Would you stay with me love...
...Stay with me love.

Verse 2-
And if time takes away every hair on my head,
Baby tell me would you still find me dreamy?
And when age has its way and puts wrinkles on my face,
Baby tell me would you still really need me?
Nobody knows what the future’s gonna hold,
And everybody hopes it’s gonna be perfect,
But when it all breaks down, and hard times come around,
Baby tell me would you still think I’m worth it?

Chorus
Would you stay with me love?
Would you stay by my side?
Would I still be that one,
Be the one for all time?
Would you still fall in love,
Everyday of your life?
Would you stay with me love...
...Stay with me love.

Bridge-
I know you can’t prove what you aint yet to do,
It’s bliss now, but how about when we get old?
I give you all of me, but there’s just one thing that I need,
Just tell me with your heart and your soul...
...That you’d stay with me love.

Chorus
Would you stay with me love?
Would you stay by my side?
Would I still be that one,
Be the one for all time?
Would you still fall in love,
Everyday of your life?
Would you stay with me love...
...Stay with me love.

Set List

Performs 4-6 song sets. Some covers, mostly originals.