From Okotoks, Alberta.
Singer, songwriter, bass player, Tanya Ryan moved from Saskatoon, SK in 2008 and has rooted herself in Alberta where she has been honing and shaping her musicianship by playing numerous venues inter-provincially. Her dominant presence, solid vocals, and her witty banter have earned her the respect of audiences across Western Canada and in the music industry as a whole.
These successes have lead to high profile national showcase opportunities with CMT Canada (2013) and the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Discovery Program (2014). She’s earned the title of almost every music-based competition in Alberta: taking the crown in Calgary Stampede’s Nashville North Star Contest (2012), Ponoka Stampede Talent Competition (2012) and Country 105’s Rising Star Competition (2011), among others.
Tanya has opened for fellow Canadians Dallas Smith, High Valley, Aaron Lines, Bobby Wills, Aaron Pritchett, Tim Hicks and Duane Steele as well as American favourite The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The release of her single, Cry for the Devil, came with a powerful music video directed by multi-CCMA Award Nominee Troy Niemans; and was followed shortly thereafter by the title track of her debut EP, Simple As That.
More recently Ryan has released In Another Life and expect more music this year.