Matthew Ryan

mattew ryan - Artist

Matthew Ryan grew up  just south of Philadelphia in Chester, PA. He recently bought a house on a hill in Tennessee. His early loves and influences were The Clash, Doc Martens, The Replacements, MLK, Paul Buchanan’s voice, blonde hair & Bob Dylan. He learned to play guitar when he was 17. mattew ryan sceneFrustrated he couldn’t learn other people’s songs, he started writing his own soon after. His songs tend to be about girls, socio-political issues, people on the edges, breakups, brotherhood, hate, love, fighters and hope. Sometimes all in the same song. He prefers to think of them as songs for humans. He’s released 10 records since his first record, May Day, was released in 1997.

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Mark Kerr

Mark Kerr-Blues Musician

Tennessee native Mark Kerr, never found success beyond his grasp. From the age of twelve his course was clear, and from his earliest days in music he has built bridges that have connected him, not to his peers alone, but to the world at large.

Mark picked up the guitar at the age of twelve and before long, he was receiving recognition for his musical abilities. Where as many kids at twelve years of age may be content to watch television or to hang out with others of their own age, Mark had one singularly focused ambition.

He wanted to become a musician. And so devoted was he to this pursuit, he would often fall to sleep at night with his guitar “strapped on.”

Mark would eventually play with Percy Sledge and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Curtis Mayfield’s Impressions.

After thirteen years of touring, Mark attended Northwestern State University where he studied music theory, while working very diligently on his jazz, blues and rock skills.

Mark was nominated for Musician of the Year by The Academy of Texas Music, for his guitar work on One Drink Away From The Blues.

Mark was inducted into the National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame.

Mark’s CD has been aired on 300 plus radio stations worldwide.
And has charted in the top 25 on many of these stations.

Mark finished in the top 1500 of the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Competition. And, finished as the second place winner in the 2007 Unisong International Songwriting Competition with his title cut, “One Drink Away From The Blues.”

Mark has achieved these great accomplishments as an independent artist.

As Mark tells it, “I want to continue to be a positive influence in the independent arena.”
“And a role model for all independents to see that through hard work, and a positive attitude, most anything can be achieved.”

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