Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, music has always been Ryan’s passion. Initiating his musical career at age five on piano, he has been performing, writing, recording, producing and inspiring others through his music ever since. With 25 years of experience, Ryan has sang and performed piano, keyboards, organ and bass on stages all over the world in numerous styles and settings. Baptized in soul and gospel, indoctrinated by jazz and raised by hip hop/American Culture, his playing reflects the modern paradigm of artists focused on shifting music’s energy to a fluid melting pot of familiar albeit uniquely, conscious sounds. In addition to his piano/organ playing, Ryan is known for his KeyBass skills of holding down rock solid bass parts in his left hand and cushy chords or luscious melodies in his right.
Ryan currently leads and performs KeyBass regularly with two bands, Fresh Heir (pop/soul/funk) and The People’s Key (jazz/funk) in addition to performing regularly in the St. Louis community with many like-minded artists ranging a variety of styles. Ryan has experienced two international tours (England, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Kosovo and more) as well as countless hours circuiting the Mid-West and West Coast. Shared Stages with: John Scofield, Dumpstafunk, Medeski Martin and Wood, Roy Ayers, The Dramatics, Fareed Haque, Jeff Coffin Mutet, The Nth Power, Dam Funk, The Little River Band and more. Performed with: Fred Wesley, Ernie Isley, James Moody, Delfeayo Marsalis, Al “Tootie” Heath, Kirk Whalum, Bobby Watson, Victor Goines Performed in front of First Lady Barbara Bush, The Kansas City Chiefs Halftime Show, KC Attack Professional Indoor Soccer Show, Brian McKnight, Ken Burns, The Lincoln Center (NYC)