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.
Just this past year Tanya was awarded $50, 000 as a top 3 finalist in Wild 95.9’s artist development program: Project Wild; this has fuelled her into a jam-packed summer performing at some of Alberta’s largest summer music festivals (announcements to follow!). In addition to a busy summer schedule, Tanya is hard at work, crafting new music with plans of heading back into the recording studio with award-winning producer and engineers: Spencer Cheyne (Spencer Cheyne Productions), and Mark Troyer (Evergreen Sound).
“I am so excited about this album. I am meticulously choosing the songs based on that which most accurately represent me, and experiences I have had.” – Tanya Ryan
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). She’s earned the title of almost every music-based competition 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), among others.
“…She adds personality to her songs; her songwriting is very unique. She has a great sound …” Don Green,Former CCMA President
“[Tanya Ryan] has a unique sound, unlike anyone else… [she’s] an original.” CCMA Award winning artist, Gord Bamford
“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 opened for fellow Canadians 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 the title track of her debut EP Simple As That. More recently Ryan has released “In Another Life” cowritten with friend and published songwriter: Maddison Krebs.
Away from music Tanya spends time working with The Rowan House Emergency Shelter, enjoys the challenge of a hike in the mountains and likes to stay actively involved in her home community in the Alberta Foothills.
You can anticipate a new single and EP release from Tanya Ryan in early 2019.