Tommy Ryan

Tommy Ryan

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

It is not often that you come across a singer songwriter that not only gets your attention, but also totally peaks your curiosity. Tommy Ryan is such an artist. On a nationally televised TV show called “Star Struck” Tommy Ryan defeated all comers to capture the $50,000 cash first prize.

Biography

Tommy Ryan was born in Brisbane, Australia. He learned to play the guitar and sing at a very young age. By his late teens Tommy was chasing his dreams to become a full time working entertainer. He continued to pay his dues playing anywhere that he could.

And then came a big break. Tommy entered a TV talent show called “Star Struck”.

"Star Struck was my first taste of fame. It was a nationally televised show judged by Australian music industry heavyweights Ross Fraser (Sony/BMG), Mark Morrissey and Glenn Wheatley." He performed a Johnny Diesel song called “DIG” and won his heat. Six weeks later Tommy returned to Melbourne to battle it out again and reached the finals. He performed an original song called “W84U”. The station put a band around Tommy and they spent an hour rehearsing the song. When it came time to play for real everything just fell into place. To cut a long story short, Tommy won the entire series and claimed the $50,000 cash prize plus a one-year scholarship with Nine Films and Television. Tommy used the money to buy a car, buy a computer, a new guitar, a video camera, and other things that he needed for his music, but the best purchase he made was furnishing his Mum's house.

Off the back of that show Tommy was invited to sing for the Australian Olympians during their national tour and also for the Brisbane Broncos home games at the ANZ stadium.

“I stood in the middle of that football field by myself and sang to 25,000 people and I loved every minute of it! I was even happier when they invited me back to do it all again.”

Even though Tommy was landing gigs and traveling around the country playing at various events while getting offers from different management companies, Tommy felt that something was still missing. Not satisfied that he was a legitimate musician yet, Tommy chose to ignore offers to help him develop a solo career and opted to form a band of local musicians from Redcliffe.

“I wanted to front a rock band and learn how to do it the hard way.” Sure, he was enjoying a minor level of stardom, but because it happened almost overnight, Tommy didn’t learn much from it. Plus he didn’t gain much respect from the record industry as a result, so he formed a band and “Mission Bell” was born. They were together for about 5 years and played all over Austrailia. The band recorded a few songs and even managed to build a healthy little following along the way. Mission Bell played dozens of venues and festivals to thousands of people. Unfortunately the band broke up as the guys had family commitments. The bass player’s wife also fell pregnant with her second child so the band as they say, “Disbanded”.

As a result Tommy took some time off to write and has picked up where he left off in 2000. Luckily for him, he has written more material since the break-up than he ever did while he was in the band.

“The songs are pouring out of me now. Someone turned a tap on and the music hasn’t stopped flowing since. What’s even more encouraging is that I’m loving what I'm writing more than I ever have. I can't wait to share these new songs with the world! I love them and I can‘t tell you how much that helps when you‘re performing. When you love what you‘re singing it translates and affects the audience even more. I also have the freedom to sing about issues that I may not have before.”

Along with Tommy's new focus and direction he now has a strong new management team. Enteramente, located in Austin, Texas will team up with veteran music lawyer Eric Doney (Donahue Gallagher Woods) Mill Valley, California. Eric represents Carlos Santana, Journey, Phish and several other great acts.

So as we enter 2006, Tommy Ryan's Star is shinning brighter than ever.

Management:
Enteramente
Austin, Texas
512-249-6822
marty@enteramente.net

Legal:
Eric Doney
Donahue Gallagher Woods
Mill Valley, Calif.
415-381-4161
eric@donahue.com

Lyrics

Innocent Souls

Written By: Tommy Ryan

How can you tell me to be quiet
I can’t sit here on the fence
It’s something worse than a pity
How the world don’t make sense

WHY DO INNOCENT SOULS TAKE THE FALL?
THOSE WEAPONS, THEY WEREN’T EVEN THERE AT ALL!
WHILE YOUR FIGHTER PLANES COST SO MUCH DOUGH TO SOAR
THERE ARE STARVING PEOPLE FORCED TO STEAL AND BREAK THE LAW

I’ve seen a lot of lovers leave an angel craving more
I’ve heard about a junky being forced to be a whore
And I’ve read about a preacher taking money from the poor
But I never dreamt that such a lie would lead us into war

How can you tell me to be quiet
I can’t sit here on the fence
It’s something worse than a pity
How the world don’t make sense

WHY DO INNOCENT SOULS TAKE THE FALL?
THOSE WEAPONS, THEY WEREN’T EVEN THERE AT ALL!
WHILE YOUR FIGHTER PLANES COST SO MUCH DOUGH TO SOAR
THERE ARE STARVING PEOPLE FORCED TO STEAL AND BREAK THE LAW

Hey what’s the go with a president who hardly worked a day before?
It’s a crime so many of us craving peace have to bear his daddy’s war!

WHY DO INNOCENT SOULS TAKE THE FALL?
THOSE WEAPONS, THEY WEREN’T EVEN THERE AT ALL!
WHILE YOUR FIGHTER PLANES COST SO MUCH DOUGH TO SOAR
THERE ARE STARVING PEOPLE FORCED TO STEAL AND BREAK THE LAW
STARVING PEOPLE FORCED TO STEAL AND BREAK THE LAW

So what’s going on?
Why are starving forced to break the law?
So what’s going on?

© 2005 Tommy Ryan. All Rights Reserved

Just So You Know

Written By: Tommy Ryan

JUST SO YOU KNOW

Hold me even closer
I won’t let you go
I can’t live without you
Just so you know

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU
JUST SO YOU KNOW
I AM HERE BESIDE YOU
DON’T EVER LET GO
HOLD ME EVEN CLOSER
MOVE WITH ME SLOW
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
DON’T EVER LET GO

I am so grateful you never shot through
Fate fared me kindly to lead me to you
And I’ve had a bad day ‘til I see your smile
You’re just what a man needs so stay for a while
STAY FOR WHILE!

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU
JUST SO YOU KNOW
I AM HERE BESIDE YOU
DON’T EVER LET GO
STAY FOR A WHILE
HOLD ME EVEN CLOSER
MOVE WITH ME SLOW
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
DON’T EVER LET GO

I wanna catch you when you fall
I wanna be there though it all
I like it feeling ten ft tall
(Stay with me baby)
And I wanna catch you when you fall

I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU
JUST SO YOU KNOW
DON’T EVER LET GO
I AM HERE BESIDE YOU
DON’T EVER LET GO
STAY FOR A WHILE
HOLD ME EVEN CLOSER
MOVE WITH ME SLOW
DON’T EVER LET GO
TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME
DON’T EVER LET GO
DON’T EVER LET GO
STAY WITH ME BABY

GO, GO ,GO, DON’T EVER LET GO etc

© 2005 Tommy Ryan. All Rights Reserved

Old Kent Road

Written By: Tommy Ryan

You roll the dice and steal the show
You win the game on every throw
You’re there on every street I know
You make me love you passing go

In all that you do

YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU
THERE’S A CHANCE FOR THIS ROMANCE
I LOVE YOU
I FELL IN LOVE WITH JUST A GLANCE
I LOVE YOU
(I CAN’T HELP IT LOVING YOU)
I’M HOPELESSLY, I’M HOPELESSLY IN LOVE
YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU

I drove past your Mayfair abode
Why must I live on Old Kent Road?
So close yet still so far away
But I’d pay rent to you everyday

In all that you do

YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU
THERE’S A CHANCE FOR THIS ROMANCE
I LOVE YOU
I FELL IN LOVE WITH JUST A GLANCE
I LOVE YOU
(I CAN’T HELP IT LOVING YOU)
I’M HOPELESSLY, I’M HOPELESSLY IN LOVE
YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU

So if I roll again am I gonna wind up in jail?
(I can’t live my life here in jail)
Then will you come visit me or better still pay my bail?

OH OOH YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU
THERE’S A CHANCE FOR THIS ROMANCE
I LOVE YOU
I FELL IN LOVE WITH JUST A GLANCE
I LOVE YOU
(I CAN’T HELP IT LOVING YOU)
I’M HOPELESSLY, I’M HOPELESSLY IN LOVE
YOU MAKE ME LOVE YOU

So I love you
Yes I love you

© 2005 Tommy Ryan. All Rights Reserved

Praying For A Sign

Written By: Tommy Ryan


You're beautiful. Has anybody ever told you you're beautiful?
You're beautiful. You're so damn beautiful

CHORUS
I've been praying for a sign
I'm hanging out till I can say you're mine
I am praying for a sign. I love you
Just need to know you love me too

I'd say I fear you. You're so out of my league it shows
Why else would I run when the opportunity arose?
Thinking you're perfect has got me into a spin
I'll never reach you if I'm no longer standing

(CHORUS)

I saw you leaving, I felt my heart do the same
I hear you speaking and I'm left dumb-founded and lame
You make the world work with just the swing of your hair
Upstaging diamonds, your you're so damn beautiful
I just need to say hello, meet me where the feelings flow
Feeling free to let me know when I can ever steal your show

(CHORUS)

Lyrics and Music by Tommy Ryan
Copyright © 2002 All Rights Reserved

Set List

Praying For A Sign
Angel
Just So You Know
W84U
Final Breath
Sarah
Sweet Lady
Refugee
Old Kent Road
On This Mountain
Hold Up A Little