Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville’s soulful singer/songwriter Ryan Kinder made his Ryman Auditorium debut last week performing his current single “Close” at the historic venue. Kinder then wowed the Opry at the Ryman audience when he stepped out from behind the mic and performed the final chorus of “Still Believe in Crazy Love” acapella, fulfilling a lifelong dream
“I have now crossed two things off the bucket list: playing guitar with my brother at The Gorge and now singing acapella at The Ryman,” said Kinder. “It’s an unreal feeling.”
Recently named one of Billboard’s eight country artists to watch in 2017 and called “one of country’s most promising up and comers” by Taste of Country, Kinder’s “Close” has become an instant favorite with listeners – making a recent appearance on Spotify’s U.S. and Global Viral lists and Slacker Radio’s Weekly Country Countdown. The new track, which The Shotgun Seat raves is “an absolute jam…and will inspire repeat spins” invites fans to lean in, come “Close,” and delight in his unique and soulful Southern vocals and electrifying guitar. Whiskey Riff declared “Ryan Kinder’s new single ‘Close’ is an instant favorite.”
Written by Kinder with Jeremey Stover and Lindsay Rimes and produced by Ross Copperman, “Close” is all about wanting more but knowing love at first sight is usually reserved for fairytales. Full of urgency and confidence, Kinder convinces his girl that even if they don’t fall head over heels, they can sure get close. It pushes country across its borders and into late-’90s rock territory with a red-hot solo he can only describe as “so freaking cool.”
The Knoxville-born, Birmingham-raised singer-songwriter Ryan Kinder, who Billboard called “a singer-songwriter with an intense, urgent vocal style,” cites Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rob Thomas among his greatest musical influences. Known for his distinctive vocals and mastery of the guitar, Kinder began his musical journey by performing in bars and clubs at the early age of 16, and then honed his craft playing to college crowds across the Southeast while attending the University of Alabama. After two years of weekly commutes from Alabama while still in school, Kinder moved to Nashville to pursue his dream where Storme Warren of SiriusXM’s The Highway told listeners, “You’re witnessing the birth of one of the greatest artists to come from Music Row.”
A gifted songwriter in his own right, Kinder has co-written with some of Nashville’s most successful writers, including Ashley Gorley, Ross Copperman, Chris DeStefano, Josh Osbourne, Tom Douglas, Jeremy Stover and Luke Sheets. He has shared the stage with Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge and Zac Brown, who personally handpicked Ryan for his fall 2014 tour. Rolling Stone named him “the John Mayer of country music,” and included him as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know November 2015,” but Kinder says, “I just let the music do the talking.” Kinder is currently writing and recording his debut album with multi-award winning songwriter/producer Ross Copperman and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer, Paul Worley.