NYCS 2018 Artist to Watch Where Are They Now: Ryan Kinder
Here at New York Country Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers, finding and championing new and up-and-coming artists and introducing our followers to the best of the best of the rising acts. Back in January of this year we named the 10 artists below in our “Artists to Watch in 2018” and we are proud to say, we know rising talent before they make it big. Someone to add to your watchlist is Ryan Kinder.
Ryan grew up the youngest of three in Birmingham, Alabama. By age 15, he was playing everywhere he could — at church, school, or even bars, where his father had to chaperone. In 2011, Ryan made his way to Nashville after an EF4 tornado ripped across Tuscaloosa, AL and the University of Alabama neighborhood where he lived. The traumatizing event convinced him that “life’s too short” and that he needed to go all in to chase his dream. Not long after arriving in Music City that Kinder was signed to his first publishing and major record deal. As a seasoned performer, Kinder has toured with country superstars like Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Ashley McBryde, and more getting massive exposure to fans and attention to his music. Because of this, his fan base is racking up new followers like crazy. Although it was not until this past year that Kinder has been seen by all country music fans as he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Ryan’s musical style is uniquely his own, mixed with elements of southern-roots, rock, and blues, which he describes as “riff-roaring rock, with a side of sweet Southern soul.” His songs “Close,” “Tonight,” “Alabama” and “Still Believe In Crazy Love” have become fan favorites and accumulated more than 50 million on-demand streams across the globe. Kinder just finished his tour, alongside Drake White, in the UK that proved to be highly successful. He travels across the pond quite often and never ceases to be amazed at the fan base he has grown there. From sold out shows to screaming fans, Kinder’s success is reaching far beyond the United States. He has performed in 2018 for the UK’s Country Music Week and C2C Road Show Tour. If you think that is impressive, he has also performed all across Europe, including a sold-out performance in July at London’s Hyde Park featuring Eric Clapton, Santana, and Gary Clark Jr.
The singer-songwriter wrapped up his own headlining tour across the country stopping at 14 different cities. He has been praised for leaving his heart and soul out on the stage, hoping that fans appreciate his dedication. “It’s incredible how the fans know all the songs so well now,” says Kinder in a recent press release. “I end each set with ‘Still Believe In Crazy Love’ and I don’t even have to sing the last chorus as everyone just sings it back to me. That’s the biggest form of appreciation an artist can get.”
Kinder’s new EP “The Road” is set to release in 2019 although fans have gotten a look into three songs that will be featured on the album. One of the most anticipated songs “Stay” already has over a million streams and a brand new lyric video for it as well. The song delivers an emotional message with Kinder’s skilled vocals and high-impact guitar solos.
His newest song, “Leap of Faith”, features his signature guitar licks and characterized lyrics. Realizing that nothing is for certain, you just have to take the leap of faith. If you have not listened to his music yet, you need to because Ryan Kinder is a name you will not forget after hearing to his captivating vocals and insightful lyrics.
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