Thursday Jun 6 2:30 PM
on AT&T Showcase Stage (Fan Fair X)
If you were to sit down with Ryan Beaver for a casual conversation, within minutes you would realize that Ryan's music is a transparent representation of who he is to the core: humble, levelheaded, genuine. He's a deeply rooted family guy from a small town in Northeast Texas, who set aside his marketing degree from Texas State, and discovered himself in the artistic community of Austin. "I've grown up my entire life with music," Ryan explains. "Singing... playing drums, piano, guitar. Music was something I couldn't shake." Within the span of a few short years, he wrote and independently released 2008's Under the Neons and 2011's Constant.
To help promote the albums, he found himself amidst an intense, year round touring schedule, headlining his own club shows across the Southwest and sharing the stage with Gary Allan, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Turner, and Randy Rogers Band. "I didn't have anything figured out. It was a grassroots effort, but doors continue to open, and opportunities have developed into a career," Ryan reveals. Constant spawned his first music video "How About You" (featured on CMT Pure, CMT.com, Yallwire.com, etc) and his highest charting single "Hate", which earned him placement on multiple year-â€end review lists. This mass exposure helped to solidify Ryan as a critic favorite. He has been featured in national publications like Country Weekly and American Songwriter, and has appeared on multiple major market television morning shows such as Good Day Dallas and Great Day San Antonio.
While staying busy with a hectic touring and media schedule, Ryan also maintains a thriving songwriting career in Nashville. As a songwriter for worldwide publishing house, HoriPro Entertainment Group, Beaver has found himself amongst his heroes. He's collaborated with legendary songwriter Dean Dillon ("The Chair", "Ocean Front Property"), the prolific award-winning Jessi Alexander ("The Climb", "Drink On It"), and Grammy-nominated Ryan Tyndell ("Springsteen"). His passion and talent constantly earns him the respect of his fellow artists and songwriters, many of whom have recorded Ryan's work.
Even with all of the overwhelming praise, Ryan remains committed to cultivating his craft while preparing to record his long-awaited third album. In a recent interview with Country Weekly Ryan said, "As a writer and artist, you have to progress." He pauses before he goes on to say, "I guess you don't have to, but for a guy like me I've never been good at staying in one place. Complacency scares me. I think you've got to keep pushing because that's when all the amazing stuff happens." For this undeniably gifted entertainer, and with that creative outlook... the "amazing stuff" is bound to happen.