The same outlet that named him a Country Artist to Watch in 2017 talked with Kinder recently about his new single “Close.” Preview the article below and find full text here.
Ryan Kinder Chases Risky Business With Soulful Single ‘Close‘
The new country artist draws on Hootie, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in unique single.
Most successful people can point to at least one or two moments in their lives that led to their winning stature, and invariably, those moments required them to jump off a proverbial cliff, not knowing how their future would unfold.
Taking risks is one of the most important actions in a life well lived, particularly for creative people. Those who complain their life has grown stale often admit that they have stopped taking chances.
“Now,” says Warner Bros. recording artist Ryan Kinder, “is the best time to start.”
Risk is central to “Close,” a new Kinder single that shipped to radio via PlayMPE on Nov. 11, 2016. In this instance, it’s about taking a shot at the next level in a potential romance. There’s only one way to find out if it will result in a relationship, and that’s for one of the parties to suggest moving forward.
“I didn’t want it to sound like a hookup song, because it’s not,” says Kinder. “It’s more about enjoying the moment and enjoying each other. We don’t have to put a label on it — let’s just have a good time together.”
Chasing the unknown is how “Close” became a song in the first place. Kinder and songwriter-producers Jeremy Stover (Justin Moore, Drake White) and Lindsay Rimes (LoCash) had never written as a trio before meeting up on May 31, 2016, in Room 2 at the Sony ATV Fire Hall in Nashville. None of them walked into the room with a specific idea about what they might create, but there was a possibility something might emerge if they gave it a chance.
“I haven’t really heard anyone like Ryan,” says producer Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge).
Between its groove, the unorthodox guitar solo and Kinder’s singular vocal sound, “Close” stood out as a song worth betting on as a single. And if its embrace of risk inspires listeners to take some chances in their own lives, so much the better, though there are some limits. The writers are not, for example, necessarily advocating for people to quit their jobs without a plan.
“Just chase the girl,” deadpans Rimes. “That might be the simpler option.”
They are, however, supporting taking a risk on Kinder himself.
“It’s exciting being on something that could help me move Ryan forward,” says Stover. “He’s such a talented guy. I’m looking forward to hearing it on the radio.”
And Billboard isn’t the only one taking notice…
“With vocals as powerful as alternative rockers Ed Kowalczyk and Emerson Hart, Kinder stands out in any country music landscape.” – CMT
“one of country’s most promising up and comers” – Taste of Country
“an absolute jam…and will inspire repeat spins –The Shotgun Seat
“Ryan Kinder’s new single ‘Close’ is an instant favorite.”- Whiskey Riff
“You’re witnessing the birth of one of the greatest artists to come from Music Row.” – SiriusXM’s Storme Warren
“the John Mayer of country music,” – Rolling Stone