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Ryan Turner

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"Testimonials about Ryan Turner"

“Ryan Turner first came to my attention through a homemade videotape audition for a KVET-sponsored singer/songwriter competition in 2003. His talents stood head and shoulders above the other entries. Seeing him perform live and meeting this vivacious, young performer just cemented my belief in his future. It is incredibly exciting to see the start of a career with so much promise. Ryan Turner has not only the talent to achieve his dreams, but the ambition and fearlessness it requires.”

Janice Williams
KVET Music Director
Clear Channel Radio-Austin

"Ryan Turner will emerge as one of the finest songwriters in our genre with the release of his debut CD. I have been waiting for years to hear his song crafting produced on a record."

Randy Rogers
Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

“Ryan Turner is about as close as I've seen and heard to finding his way into the singer/songwriter circles and be successful. Watch for him to start making waves in the Texas music scene very soon....”

Alex Torrez
President - Torrez Music Group/Name Records
Former A&R rep – Sony ATV/Tree Publishing

"Ryan Turner is one of the brightest new artists on the Texas Music scene today. His vocal ability, as well as the way he writes his songs puts him heads and shoulders above most of the young up and comers, in my book."

Tommy Alverson
Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist
- Press & Quotes


LP-Rolling Up My Sleeves-May 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


After several years of improving his craft and singing solo on the Texas music scene, Ryan Turner is establishing quite a following. Ryan is a versatile and soulful Austin-based singer/songwriter who holds a compellingly different perspective on contemporary country music. He has dedicated the entire past year to working on his debut album, “Rollin’ Up My Sleeves”. The album features Ryan as a co-producer, alongside the multi-talented producer/engineer/drummer, Ken Tondre. Also taking part in the album are some of the finest players around the state including the renowned Lloyd Maines, members of Bruce Robison’s and Pat Green’s bands, as well as other outstanding musicians from the Austin music scene. The enthusiastic pre-release ”buzz” for the album, set for release in May of 2005, is a strong sign of good things to come.

At this early stage in his career, Ryan has already seen his fair share of accomplishments. In the summer of 2003, Ryan won a statewide amateur songwriting and performance competition at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. In March of the following year, his former band, LiveWireDown, was invited to showcase its talents at the esteemed South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin. That performance helped to broaden Ryan’s following from the U.S. all the way to Europe, producing e-mails and phone calls demanding more music. With this in mind, soon after the SXSW performance, the idea to create a full-length album became the number one priority.

During his high school days in the small prison-town of Gatesville, Texas, Ryan picked up his first guitar and started writing songs. His musical tastes were shaped from a variety of influences. Classic sounds from the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Beach Boys, John Mellencamp, the Beatles, the Eagles, George Strait and Tom Petty have all made their impact on Ryan’s style. Along with the greats from the past, he also credits many current song men as mentors. Bruce Robison, Radney Foster, Monte Warden, Darrell Scott, Rodney Crowell, and many other “behind the scenes” songwriters are among those he chooses to study and learn from.

At the age of 20, Ryan took a “break” from college and carried his songs and dreams to Nashville, where he lived and worked for a couple of years. There he began playing open mics at the famous Blue Bird Café and before long was invited to join the invitation-only Sunday Writer's Night show. During this time, he also obtained an internship at the Country Music Association on Nashville's famed Music Row, working with Fan Fair and other exciting projects. However, with his roots still firmly planted in Texas, he returned home to finish college, earning his degree at Texas State University, in beautiful San Marcos.

Today, Ryan Turner’s sights are tightly focused on the continued development of his songwriting craft and the success of the new band and album. Ryan's original work ranges from the self-deprecation of "She's No Amy" to the positive self-realization of “A Real Good Day”. However, Ryan definitely knows how to have a good time, as reflected in the feel-good first single, “Julie’s Gonna Dance”. It’s also obvious that Ryan’s paid his dues to the blues in the bittersweet ballad,
“When the Heart Has a Mind of Its Own.” Ryan’s music offers something for everyone, with a wide variety of material exploring a broad range of honest emotion. His work is both sincere and full of fun. With Ryan’s combination of sound writing and relentless dedication, he should look forward to a lengthy and successful career.