MOST RECENT RELEASE: Colors (Take 2 Productions, 2009)
KINDRED SPIRITS: Jack Johnson, John Rzeznik, an acoustic Jimmy Eat World, and a solo Patrick Stump all jam around the campfire
Just what were you doing when you were 17 and totally bored? Spending countless hours traipsing a mall a la Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Gluing pennies in the disk drives of your enemies’ computers? Engaging in knuckleheaded shenanigans that you’d still never admit?
Chris Ryan’s a 17-year-old singer/songwriter who’s made much more adult-like decisions about the use of his spare time. See, the high-school senior’s spent it composing a batch of terrific acoustic-based rock jams that have earned him the respect of his peers, placement on major television shows, plus a recording deal to boot. Next month will find the release of Ryan’s EP, Colors, and he’ll be performing at the Best Buy in San Bernardino to promote his latest endeavor. (Makes that Super Mario Bros. bonus level you finally aced as a teen look pretty petty, now, doesn’t it?)
Ryan’s a multi-instrumentalist—he plays bass and drums, too—who’s toured with hardcore acts, though his latest offerings are anything but the aggressive edge that his punk-based past espouses. In fact, ask Ryan about embarking on his singer/songwriter journey, and he’ll tell you that he didn’t think he’d get this far.
“My goals have changed once I started working with Take 2 Productions,” he says. “They felt I had the potential it took to go farther than I’d ever expected from myself.”
Prior to wrapping Colors, Ryan’s songs were placed on ABC’s General Hospital: Nightshift and on an American Airlines in-flight radio show. Influenced by artists including Nick Drake, John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls, Ryan plans to tour schools and colleges to further spread his musical word.
“I’ve realized that I now have goals that can actually be achieved,” Ryan says. “Ultimately, I would like to be able to make a living as a recording artist.”
And where does this budding recording artist find himself the most comfortable penning his cuts? “My roof,” he says, enthusiastically, “because I can see all of the stars from there!” Here’s one that’s got his wish.
Chris Ryan at the Community Bible Church, 324 W. 40th St., San Bernardino, Fri., Jan. 30, 7PM; at Best Buy, 888 Harriman Pl., San Bernardino, Sat., Feb. 7, 2PM