Ryan McIntyre

Ryan McIntyre

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This Milwaukee Singer/Songwriter has landed film and television placements along with multiple Wisconsin music awards. Ryan's smooth voice helps him deliver his well crafted songs during this entertaining live show.

Biography

Ryan McIntyre’s music career began at age 13 when he first picked up a guitar, doing his best to work out the chords of his favorite tunes. He had already written several songs with catchy lyrics and melodies prior to striking that initial shaky chord. He could hardly foresee that some of those early melodies would eventually mold a style that is exclusively Ryan McIntyre.

As a fourth generation musician, Ryan enjoyed a heavy dose of music at an early age. “From as early as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. From my grandpa’s accordion, to my uncle’s folk songs, and even to four part harmony renditions of 'Happy Birthday,' music has been the norm in my life, not the exception.”

Family influence pushed Ryan toward the sounds of James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Dan Fogelberg, and The Beatles. Careful to find his own sound, Ryan strives to write music that falls somewhere between these artists.”

Most songwriters look at their craft a little bit differently than the next writer. When I write a song, it feels like the initial stages of a short-term relationship. I get those 'butterflies' everyone talks about. The writing process feels like the first date. I’m trying to lay it all on the line with the hopes to impress. I can’t wait to introduce it to my friends, but I’m nervous about what they’ll think.”

Ryan’s songs found a home when he and four high school friends formed the band EXIT in the fall of 1996. Ryan became the front man, and led the band to its eighth year in 2004. Along the way, EXIT racked up noteworthy credentials while capturing the ears of Wisconsin’s music scene.

In a four-year span, EXIT swiftly piled up 13 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nominations and won Best New Band in 2000, People’s Choice Favorite Band in 2002, and the most coveted Group of the Year award in 2004.Despite their success, EXIT decided to part ways to pursue separate music careers. “As crazy as it sounds, leaving the band as Artist of the Year was a good time to say goodbye.” Ryan is ready to lunge forward onto a new musical path with limitless opportunities.

While EXIT received positive feedback during its run, Ryan’s solo accomplishments have not gone without notice. In 2003 and 2004 he received nominations for both Male Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year. “Without question, EXIT was a great learning experience for me, which helped me improve not only as a writer and a musician, but as a person. While I am proud of our successes, there are other avenues I want to pursue with my music, and it is time to move on.”

Ryan now faces an entirely new chapter in his career. Though his album is still in the works, Ryan is a veteran of the live circuit, having played an average of 70 solo shows per year in Milwaukee. Along the way, he’s been dubbed “The Human Jukebox” - expertly reciting nearly any request thrown his way.

Despite this versatility, Ryan prefers spending stage time with original works, performing with the voice of James Taylor and the hooks of Paul McCartney. Though the story drives his music, his guitar and melody weave the tales as clearly as his lyrics. Ryan claims the stage like a star but intimately targets each member of the audience. And that’s the force that has helped him build a solid following throughout his musical tenure.

Lyrics

California in a Bottle

Written By: Ryan McIntyre

Well I guess I don’t get out much
I’ve never been that kind of guy
I like to keep it all real simple
Don’t ask me why

And I’ve never been to L.A.
I guess I just don’t have the time
But I’ve got a friend who lives there
And she’s doing fine

I wish they’d sell
California in a bottle
Maybe that way we could
Go there all the time

And if they’d sell
California in a bottle
Well I’d never leave home
I’d never leave home

And I’ve never seen the ocean
But I hear it’s quite a sight
Well I saw it once on T.V.
But I was all messed up
In the middle of the night

I wish they’d sell
California in a bottle
Maybe that way we could
Go there all the time

And if they’d sell
California in a bottle
Well I’d never leave home
I’d never leave home

I wish they’d sell
California in a bottle
Maybe that way we could
Go there all the time

If they’d sell California in a bottle
I’d never leave home
I’d never leave home
I’d never leave home
I’d never leave home

Lie Down

Written By: Ryan McIntyre

Perfect night
Candlelight
You and I feel the time is right
To spend the night together

Follow me
Trustingly
And I will give you my soul to see
We’ll make it last forever

I cannot get close enough to you
You and I can make
A dream come true

Lie down
Lie down
You don’t have to say a word
We don’t have to say a word

Love for one
Fear for two
So how come I tremble
More than you
When there’s so much to believe in

Close your eyes
Realize
Now we don’t have to fantasize
Cause we won’t have a reason

I cannot get close enough to you
Look into my eyes
And see me through

Lie Down
Lie Down
You don’t have to say a word
We don’t have to say a word

Lie Down
Lie Down
You don’t have to say a word
We don’t have to say a word

The End of the Single Guy

Written By: Ryan McIntyre

You called me in the morning
You told me bout’ the bad news
You said it started in the evening
Or the late, late afternoon

You said she was a red head
And that you’d never
Seen her there before
She’s a boy’s night out
Dream come true

And then accidentally
You bumped into her chair
When you said excuse me
There was something there

She said her name was Annie
And that she was a friend
Of a friend of a friend
And she doesn’t go out much
Cause it’s really not her scene

Said she lives in the suburbs
But she goes to school downtown
You kinda had a lot in common
So you found the nerve to say

Do you have some paper
To write your number down

Tomorrow I’ll call you
And we can hang around

And that’s when
A single guy met a single girl
Living in this crazy world
There just tying to find a way

When a single guy
Meets a single girl
Talk about emotional tilt awhirl
Oh no hold on
We’re gonna take a ride

And that’s the end of the single guy

So you took her to the movies
You wanna play it safe
On the first date
And then out for coffee
After midnight down the road

No empty conversation
Cause there was always Something to say
Your heart said stay forever
But your head it knew better

And then on her doorstep
You knew that it was right
And then you leaned over
And kissed the girl goodnight

And that’s when
A single guy met a single girl
Living in this crazy world
There just tying to find a way

When a single guy
Meets a single girl
Talk about emotional tilt awhirl
Oh no hold on
We’re gonna take a ride

And that’s the end of the single guy

A single guy met a single girl
Living in this crazy world
There just tying to find a way

When a single guy
Meets a single girl
Talk about emotional tilt awhirl
Oh no hold on
We’re gonna take a ride

That's the end of the single guy
That's the end of the single guy
That's the end of the single guy

Discography

EXIT - Scenes from Next Week (2003)
EXIT - Two Words (1999)

"The Sidewalk" and "You Drive Me Wild" - Featured in the movie "Big Brother Trouble" starring Dick Van Patten and Mario Lopez (Slater, Saved By the Bell).
BBT was in heavy rotation on HBO and Showtime in 2002 and 2003.

"Sixty Miles" - was featured on the Discovery Channels teen reality show "Outward Bound" in 2002. This song was nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award for Song of the Year.

"California in a Bottle" has recieved airplay on a number of Wisconsin radio stations. It is reatured as "bumper music" on WTMJ. The song recieved a nomination for Song of the Year at the 2004 WAMI Awards.

Set List

Ryan performs over 75 of his original songs.

He also offers over 4 hours of cover material. When covering others, the artist's include:

The Beatles, The Police, Counting Crows, Wilco, Ryan Adams, James Taylor, Violent Femmes, BoDeans, Gin Blossoms, Bob Dylan, U2, etc.

Ryan also takes, and comes through with a lot of requests.