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      April 12, 2019

      Friday   8:30 PM

      423 North Main Street
      Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

      Mike Ryan

      with Erick Willis
      Mike Ryan is a singer/songwriter with a knack for pairing lyrics with music that breathe life into a song. Though Mike would tell you Ive still got some road to travel as a writer, many will argue hes already established himself when it comes to penning clever new tunes. Smooth and soulful, he has uncommon vocal ability. With the upcoming release of his sophomore album, Bad Reputation, Ryan proves his ability to craft a good lyric in addition to breathing life into a song in a way that no other voice can. Surrounded by the musically inclined from a young age, Mikes never been a stranger to notes or rhythm. Early on, Mike was greatly influenced by his grandfather Paul, who directed the Texas National Guard Band for over 20 years. Gramps was the first person to teach me about the relationship between love and music, says Mike. He was very passionate about making music, as well as teaching it, and that passion was infectious. Additionally, two of Mikes uncles are currently band directors and Mikes Father, Ted also has a passion for music and the performing arts. I have great memories of my dad performing in plays and musicals as I was growing up, Mike recalls, and he still plays bass with his blue grass band every time he gets the chance. Mike honed his own talent early as a member of his middle school and high school choirs. The talent Mike has been blessed with as singer/songwriter has certainly not been ignored. After releasing his first full length album in the Fall of 2012, Night Comes Falling, Mike grabbed the attention of Sea Gayle Music, one of the top independent publishing companies in country music, out of Nashville, Tennessee.Since May of 2013, Mike frequently travels to Nashville for song writing sessions. Mikes second full length album, Bad Reputation, showcases ten new songs, all written or co-written by him. The songwriting and vocal talent that so many have come to recognize shine brilliantly with this project. The first single, Dancing All Around It, (went #1 on the TX Music Chart 9.29.2014) grabs you with the first line and keeps you hooked as the story unfolds. Easy, reminds you of the smooth classic country hits of the 80s, and Wasting No More Whiskey (#1 on TX Regional Radio Chart 4/3/2015)is a creative and catchy tune that will have you singing along before its over. I had some trouble narrowing it down to just 10 songs out of all the new ones we had written, but thats a nice problem to have, says Mike. Its a great feeling when you have more good songs than space on an album.With the first three radio singles from the BAD REPUTATION album all hitting number #1 on the Texas music charts, its evident that Mike Ryan knows a thing or two about good music. His rapidly expanding fan base is solid evidence of that.

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