Mike P. Ryan writes and performs heartfelt songs aboutthe emotions and experiences of everyday people. Born and raised in rural Oklahoma, Mike’s songs have a genuine, honest quality that reflects Mike’s humble roots and highlights his keen eye for detail. Aptly described as“a master storyteller” Mike’s music paints vivid pictures of the struggles and triumphs of day-to-day life with warmth and understanding born of life experience.
A prolific and highly respected songwriter, Mike has won a host of prominent national and international songwriting awards including First Place awards in TheMid-Atlantic Song Contest, The UK Songwriting Contest, and The Dallas Songwriter’s Association Songwriting Contest. Mike is a two-time finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folkcompetition and a Bronze Medal Winner in American Songwriter magazine’s Lyrics Contest.
An engaging live performer Mike entertains audiences at music venues nationwide. A particular favorite with folk festival audiences, he has performed at The Connecticut Folk Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, The Wildflower Music and Arts Festival, and The Tucson Folk Festival. Mike has opened for regional and national acts including Kipyn Martin, Michael Martin Murphy,and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Mike teaches songwriting seminars and workshops and is a frequent guest instructor at The Songwriter’s Association of Washington’s “Songwriter’s Toolbox” instructional series. When not writing, performing, or teaching he serves as a volunteer musician with Musicians on Call—a nationwide nonprofit organization that brings live music to the bedsides of seriously ill hospital patients. A combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers for a number of veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. His debut CD, American Tales, was released in 2015. His follow-up CD Left Behind is slated for release in the summer of 2018.
Contact and Booking: mpr3209@ gmail.com
Mike P. Ryan — Songwriting Awards and Highlights