Ryan Link
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The best kept secret in music

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"Music Connection"

"Considering how melodic pop-rock remains a label mainstay, it's astonishing that this talented Boston band have not been snatched up yet. Spearheaded by [Ryan Link]'s radio-friendly voice, they execute perfectly a line-up of hooky, deftly crafted songs (hell, there's even a refrain in the winning opener, "Disappear") that are performed in a tight and very polished fashion. Back-up vocals are seamless on "Peek." "Day Gets Brighter" is a tricky tune, with Beatlesque minor key changes, that shows just how skilled Barclay and co. really are." - "Demo" review


"@ n - z o n e . c o m"

"4 guys that call themselves Miss Fortune must have a lot of nerve, huh? Well, if you had their talent for swinging this sort of modern rock, you'd strut like Prince yourself. With all of the vast praise they've had already, I can't think of much more to say about them. WOW has been taken, by Gods of Music. The Boston Herald has already printed 'excellent and delightfully grandiose'. Let's see if there's something more to say.

Ryan Link has the lead voice of a supergroup. Jay Barclay spirits his guitar and more vocals, leaving Jon Hindmarsh to get on with his well-traveled bass, leading the group into catchy chord structures. Chris Hobbick bangs skins with incessant energy and will doubtless have a short life because of it.

The tunes? Hmmmm. These are the sort publishers want. If this were a demo, they'd be signed immediately. They have IT. You can't buy IT. You can't even learn IT after 14 years and 3 ex-wives. To be so young and so talented and have songs like 'Swim' under your belt which could drown an audience to distraction, it's gotta be heady. Have a look into the words. 'I caught you breaking a promise / I saw you palming the glass / You blame it all on the weather / Cause you can't help feeling this sad'.

Songs for every wonderful occasion. Can't feel sad with Miss Fortune on the landing. She's full-bodied, she sounds Great, you just want to lay your hands on her."

- Ben Ohmart


"TheGlobalMuse.com"

"Probably one of the most ready pop/rock bands that I've heard to date. Ready to knock some huge dents in the charts, ready to take the rock world on by storm, and ready to kick a little ass. I found it hard to believe that I was reviewing an indie band here. The music is so clean and polished. My prediction with this band is that you'll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. So you better check them out while you can. You just don't know what you're missing. Check out Miss Fortune's CD review at: http://theglobalmuse.com/cdreviews/reviews26.html or go to their website at http://www.missf.com.

Wow! What an excellent CD! What an excellent band! Miss Fortune is one of those bands that come along and simply blow you away with their charm and superior style of music. If I didn't know better, I would think that I was listening to a band that has been climbing the top 40 pop charts for a while. I don't see that aspect of this bands career being too far off either. This is pure quality that is a rarity in any music scene. The vocals are excellent, the musicianship is very tight, and the songwriting is inspiring and creative. This is definitely a band that is destined to go far. If I had to bet the bank on one indie band that I've heard this year, it one be Miss Fortune. Some bands have that certain quality about them and some bands don't. Miss Fortune is one of those bands that will be turning a lot of heads and turning on a lot of music fans. This CD comes highly recommended around here.
- Michael Allison


"Portland Phoenix"

[Miss Fortune] are busy pushing their debut self-titled record on What Kinda Records, mixed by Mike Denneen (the Pixies, the Sheila Divine). It's a nice little pop collection, with a Paul McCartney feel on "Day Gets Brighter," a Radiohead intro on "Swim," and a Matchbox 20 vibe on "If you Died," which isn't as bad as it might sound. Founder, guitarist, and principal songwriter Jay Barclay definitely picked a winner in lead vocalist Ryan Link, who answered a bulletin-board notice for a singer about a year back. Link's vocals are emotive without being annoying, and rarely sound like he's putting on a false tone. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but all the songs are catchy as hell, and they're a damn good bar band. - Sam Pfeifle


"Portland Press Herald"

"Miss Fortune released its own debut full-length cd this year on What Kinda Records and has since earned some good radio spin in and around Boston. With Ryan Link on vocals, the band's sound is reminiscent of pop favorites ranging from Crowded House and the Replacements to U2 ("Hello, Love")." - Lisa Wolff


"The Noise (Boston)"

"I tip heavily from the side of the bar near the paintings because T.T's has the best bartender. The crowd files in, en masse, for Miss Fortune and as the set begins, it seems many in the crowd know the words. They play pop/rock with palpable energy, and uniquely, without an ironic, aloof, disaffected attitude. The songs are melody-rich and the band plays an incredibly upbeat, sweaty, feel-good set. Though they use many predictable pop conventions, their stellar drummer and technique-meets-technology guitarist give the songs depth and intrigue. The lead singer croons and moves on stage with enviable ease and the harmonies he sings with the guitarist are nonpareil. The song lyrics are accessible to a fault, but when was the last time I saw so many girls dancing and guys smiling? The crowd is with them from start to finish, and their last song ends in a din of applause, much of it female."
- Max Heinegg


Discography

Miss Fortune - s/t
Salamander - Catalyst

Miss Fortune got decent college radio airplay and had tracks in rotation on DMX systems nationwide.

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Bio

Ryan lives in New York City and is playing Roger in the hit Broadway show RENT. He used to sing and play drums for a groove-rock band called Salamander, in Seattle. Then he moved to Boston and fronted a power-pop band called Miss Fortune. Both bands released CDs independently.

Ryan's working on his first "solo" album (which may warrant a new band name). Influences are Jeff Buckley, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Bjork, Green Day, etc.