She has been described as Patsy Cline in high tops; smooth classic vocals with a modern approach to delivery and songwriting. Singer, songwriter, bass player, Tanya Ryan moved from Saskatoon, SK in 2008 and has rooted herself in the Foothills of Alberta where she has been honing and shaping her musicianship by playing numerous venues inter-provincially.
After earning almost every competition title in Alberta – taking the crown in Calgary Stampede’s Nashville North Star Contest (2012), Ponoka Stampede Talent Competition (2012) and Country 105’s Rising Star Competition (2011) – Tanya Ryan has developed a signature style on-stage that audiences find difficult to ignore. Her dominant presence, solid vocals, and her witty banter have earned her the respect of audiences across Western Canada and in the music industry as a whole.
These successes have lead to high profile national showcase opportunities with CMT Canada (2013) and the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Discovery Program (2014); and most recently, Tanya was selected as one of 12 artists across Alberta to participate in Wild 95.9’s grant funding and artist development program: Project Wild.
“…She adds personality to her songs; her songwriting is very unique. She has a great sound …”
Don Green, former CCMA President
“Tanya Ryan may be a step outside what’s become the status quo in country music that’s receiving air play, but it’s a step in the right direction. Sweet, beautiful and all together totally charming.”
Roo Phelps, Music Director of New Country 100.7
Tanya has played in numerous festivals across Alberta, opening for countless Canadians artists including: Dallas Smith, High Valley, Aaron Lines, Bobby Wills, Aaron Pritchett, Tim Hicks and Duane Steele as well as American favourite: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The release of her single, Cry for the Devil, came with a powerful music video directed by multi-CCMA Award Nominee Troy Niemans; and was followed shortly thereafter by her debut EP Simple As That.
Away from music Tanya spends time working with The Rowan House Emergency Shelter, enjoys the challenge of a hike in the mountains and stays actively involved in her home community in the Alberta Foothills.