A few things about me...
My name is tanya. I am a singing, songwriting, bass player. I have a passion for all things music, yoga and chocolate - and not always in that order. I have always had a soft spot for that time of year when garden peas are in their prime... and I will eat them until my thumbs are green. I can play the tuba, I enjoy getting floss in my Christmas stocking and I like to stand on my head. The word panties makes me uncomfortable, I strongly dislike socks - as well as those little corn things they put in stir fry.
I have many superstitious quirks, including but not limited to: lucky undies, crossing my fingers and painting my left thumb nail gold. The sound of people laughing makes me happy and I almost always spell my name with a lower-case t. I have an incredible weakness for popcorn, phone tag makes me crazy and I have absolutely no ability to keep plants alive. There are times that I will karate chop toilet paper from the roll... just to add some excitement to my day. I believe in honesty, hard work and bring grateful for the things you have; and that a smile can go a long way.
Hot on the heels of a jam-packed summer performing at events such as Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder and - the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ - the Calgary Stampede, Tanya Ryan turns her attention back to her first love: writing songs and making music. The young artist heads back into the studio this fall with Mark Troyer at Evergreen Sound.
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). Don Green, CCMA President says of Ryan, “…She adds personality to her songs; her songwriting is very unique. She has a great sound …” CCMA Award winning artist, Gord Bamford says, “[Tanya Ryan] has a unique sound, unlike anyone else… [she’s] an original.”
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 which was released to radio in 2015.
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.