Windy City Smokeout

July 13-15, 2018

Ryan Kinder

July 13

At Windy City Smokeout

About Ryan Kinder

There’s a singular sound to Ryan Kinder’s voice, one that’s enriched with country, soul, pop, rock and gospel. And Kinder expresses those myriad influences with a unique texture, a way of relating his words with a ferocity and conviction that sounds like no one else. It’s the kind of individuality that’s found in many of popular music’s most identifiable singers–Elton John, Garth Brooks or Reba McEntire–and he backs it with a from-the-gut power. But that vocal prowess is only part of the story for Kinder, whose art relies similarly on vulnerable songwriting and nimble guitar playing. It’s been displayed in “Close,” “Tonight” and “Kiss Me When I’m Down.” A bedrock hit in Spotify playlists, the success of “Close” prompted the streaming company to request that he hold off releasing a new single. He put his first band together in high school and continued practicing that passion while attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After two years of travelling back and forth between Alabama and Music City to chase his dream, he finally quit school and moved to Nashville, where he could pursue his craft full time. The creative community took notice, and executives were already scouting him when he played at the annual CMA Music Festival. The crowd tripled in size during Kinder’s set; Warner Nashville president/CEO John Esposito, who plays drums and guitar, liked what he saw and signed Kinder shortly after. His musicianship and especially his songwriting has evolved in a way that combines his influences with his personal outlook and experiences. Kinder’s beliefs, his history and his future are wrapped up in hIs songs.

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