106.1 and 107.1 Your Georgia Country Presents:
Ryan Kinder, Megan Moroney
Thu · April 27, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$28.00 - $32.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1434188/
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. “I was just having fun. I was riding the wave,” he says.
Most recently, Rice released a new single from his forthcoming studio album, “Everybody We Know Does,” a rowdy rocker he says instantly took him back in his mind to the Fairview, North Carolina farm on which he was raised. “I wanted to have an in-the-moment song of what me and my friends do and how we live,” he says of the song, which his ultra-dedicated fanbase has already responded to with adoration. “People showing up, being so passionate about my music, that makes me proud of this life and what we – my band, my team and I – have built, man,” he continues. “When crowds are showing up singing non-singles louder than the singles, that gives me the confidence that they’ve got my back and that these songs are their lives, too.”
Despite his swelling popularity, Rice still says he sees himself and his longtime band as underdogs. It’s a healthy mindset, he says, that keeps the fire burning in his belly. “It allows you to still have that drive, still have that reason to keep trying to move forward and make the music better,” he explains. “When I’m the underdog, look out. When someone tells me we’re not going to do something, you’d better get your ass ready, because we’re gonna do it!”
Rice admits the enormous success of the Gold-certified Ignite the Night caught him by surprise. It’s not that he wasn’t confident in his songs, he says, but rather that the project was him “throwing darts on a map and seeing where we were gonna go.” Still, even as his career exploded, Rice says the death of his father when the singer was only 22 loomed large. Turning to God and, in turn, releasing himself of the associated burden of his pain gave him permission to be his best self. “You’d be shocked at the amount of pressure it takes off your shoulders,” he says. It also freed him up to follow his creative muse like never before. “Someone who is lost is going to follow the crowd,” Rice says. “Someone who knows where they’re going and is their own person is going to chart their own course.”
“It’s still a continuous climb up the mountain,” Rice, who says he’s never been more “open and honest” in song, says of evolving his craft and looking forward to what the future holds for him. Ask him though what propels him forward and the country star will tell you it’s undoubtedly a continuous drive to prove his earliest fans right. “You guys chose to bet on me as one of your favorite artists back when it was just 500 people in a room,” he wants them to know. “I told you we were doing this thing and that I couldn’t do it without you. And now we’re doing it!”
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Kinder is a Southern gentleman who values faith, family and sports. While he grew up playing baseball and hunting with his dad, he found his true passion in music. Kinder traded homeruns for harmonies after discovering the innovative guitar riffs of John Mayer’s debut album, “Room for Squares,” and began teaching himself to play. “In my failure to sound like my idols, I was able to discover my own sound,” says Kinder.
It quickly became apparent that music was exactly what Ryan was meant to do, and his introduction to the world of writing and performing was a smooth transition. Kinder saw firsthand how crucial getting in front of audiences is to becoming a successful musician and, while still in high school, began landing successful gigs at popular venues, including Birmingham’s Workplay and Zyzeco, Florida’s Seaside Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa’s Rounders, and Auburn’s Sky Bar.
By 2006, as a high school senior, Kinder played at the prominent Alabama Theater. At that show, in the roar of the rallied crowd, his calling became loud and clear. He continued to hone his craft while attending the University of Alabama, performing at fraternity events and bars near campus on some of the same stages where Dave Matthews and Kenny Chesney also cut their teeth.
In 2009, Courtney McGukin, who later produced Kinder's first independent album, recognized Kinder’s musical talent and sent his material to Chuck Offutt, a high school schoolmate of award-winning producer Keith Stegall, who was instrumental in guiding artists such as Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band on their rise to stardom. Stegall readily recognized Kinder’s distinctive sound and impressive guitar savvy, and Kinder, still a college student in Alabama, began making regular trips to Nashville to collaborate with seasoned songwriters Jen Ketner and Luke Sheets. In those sessions, Kinder continued to refine his skills and learned to guide his own creative energy.
“When I write, it has to be organic. You can’t force inspiration,” said Kinder. “I write the music first and then allow the groove to guide the lyrics.”
Inspired by his Southern upbringing, country strongholds Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, and rock and soul sensations like Eric Clapton, Marc Broussard, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jackson Browne, Kinder is perfecting a truly unique sound, both expressive and impactful, that hits close to the hearts of his growing fan base.
The Crimson Tide talent rode his building wave of success into Tennessee with the signing of his artist venture with Bigger Picture Group. He has since co-written such heartfelt songs as “Kiss Me When I’m Down,” and “Mine,”.
While most graduates are looking for a steady job to keep them grounded, Kinder is looking forward to the road ahead. “I've been working toward this my whole life” he says. “I’m so thankful for the opportunities that have come my way.”
Ryan is currently on his nationwide radio tour, for his debut single "Kiss Me When I'm Down", where his powerful vocal is rivaled only by his amazing guitar playing, which is turning heads and blowing minds. This young up-and-comer is poised for a soaring music career that will keep him on the road, in the spotlight and on the radio.
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