Steve Ryan

In Music and Moonlight, the nineteenth century poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy wrote: "We are the music makers, / And we are the dreamers of dreams.” This popular line of poetry defines present-day musician and songwriter Steve Ryan. Inspired by his own dreams, he helps others make theirs come true! He does this through a motivational and inspirational blend of pop, rock and r&b. With a subtle change to the quote above, we can call Steve Ryan a “dreamer of music, and maker of dreams.”

Steve is originally from Warner Robins, a small city south of Atlanta. Creativity was always something that came to him naturally. At only the age of eight, he began writing poetry and taught himself to play piano. A tough childhood made him determined to develop the ability to express himself through lyrics and music. Throughout his teen years, he learned guitar, developed his songwriting, and took part in talent shows and vocal performances. In 2002, Steve began performing professionally and seriously concentrating on his musical forte. He was dedicated to weekly vocal coaching sessions.  He honed his ability to craft melodies and lyrics. He didn’t know it at the time; however, he was carefully planning the evolution of his debut album.

It would be seven years later when his inspiration for the album arrived - in a dream. Ryan explains, “One night in a lucid dream, I could see myself on stage. My music was connecting with the audience. I knew at that moment it was time to begin working on my first album.”  In 2009, Steve began writing new material for his debut, Steve Ryan Presents. From his song catalog, he chose the songs he felt would have the most positive emotional reaction in others. Many of the melodies and lyrics came to him through dreams. “I would awaken with a new melody or lyric and quickly scribble them down,” explains Ryan.

However, REM sleep was not his only source of creative fuel. Other compositions on the album were not planned; they were born out of spontaneity while in the studio. Released in 2010, Steve Ryan Presents was filled with messages that acted as a musical medication for negative emotions. Steve Ryan’s message is, “Don’t give up - reach into your soul!” With addicting melodies, and high-flying vocal arrangements Steve reached the highest octaves of optimism yet in his 2010 debut release.

How do you describe your music to people, Ryan?
My music have an inspirational effect on people.  And the moods range from happy to reflective to feeling loved.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
When I was a kid, around 8, I started writing and playing around on the piano.  Singing, my mom told me I was singing all the time like when I was 3 and up. 

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Besides singing and writing, I love walking in the park or on the beach and just enjoy a small number of select friends and family.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Sometimes I have to put my excitement on hold and remain focused when there's a task at hand to be finished.  That can be a challenge when there's a lot of fans and people who are excited about my work.  I feed off of their energy, so it can be hard to balance sometimes.  But most of the time, its ok.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I had no clue.  I figure I would be some kind of entrepreneur because I always came up with creative ideas and have always been good at doing business and being self-employed.  Alternatively, would have made a good attorney.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
The community has opened up my eyes to the hurt, pain and suffering that people go through.  And it's also shown me how people need to be inspired and need motivation just to really make it through life and to be happy.

What other artists out there do you love?
Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Frankie J, Boyz II Men, Sade, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Shania Twain, Toni Braxton and a ton of other artists.

What does your future hold?
Recording my next album [this year].  Currently will continue to write and help produce other artists as well as my own songs.  One of the things in the future will be an established longevity as an artist, writer and producer.  Also, there will be some touring coming up, no exact date yet, but will be after I finish recording my next album.