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Coast To Coast Closeup – Ryan St. Pierre

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July 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.

Ryan St. Pierre began his music career through a very opportunistic, a-typical way. In early 2001 Ryan was working in the trades, and waiting tables in the evenings at a local restaurant. On weekends he was working as a fashion and print add model in Toronto, ON. One Wednesday evening, in the early summer of 2001 Ryan received a call from his modelling agency that would surely and definitely change his future in unimaginable ways. Ryan’s agency asked him If he was musical in any way? Ryan immediately admitted that he was a singer/songwriter and could play several instruments (with preference to the guitar). His agency was excited in expressing that they had a really unique audition opportunity for him that weekend in the big city. Ryan wen’t to the audition not knowing what to expect but confidently brought and delivered an original song for the unknown hosts to hear and assess. “There were so many people auditioning for this mysterious musical opportunity, I truly didn’t think that I would receive a call back”. 

 A few days later, the phone rang again. Ryan’s agency expressed (with great excitement) that the label executives at the audition loved his original music and were calling him back for a second Audition. At this time, Ryan was informed of the opportunity that he was auditioning for. He learnt that several celebrity actors and musicians (Joshua Morrow, Eddie Cibrian, Howie Dorough, and C.J. Huyer) were amalgamating their resources to form Canada’s newest and hottest “Boy Band”. Although this wasn’t the musical direction Ryan had in mind, he didn’t for a moment consider passing up such a lucrative opportunity. The second Audition was a success, and Ryan was offered one of two lead spots to front the band. 

 In the Fall of 2001 Ryan officially signed a recording and management deal with EMI/Sextant Records to lead the Newly created Boy Band group “Drop4”. The band went on to produce several high rotation spinning singles and music videos (streamed on YTV Hitlist across Canada). In 2003 after two years with the Band, Ryan made a difficult but important decision to leave “Drop4” to pursue a different musical direction on his own terms, utilizing his creative ideas and songs. 

  In 2006, two songs that Ryan wrote were nominated for “Rock song of the year”, and “Inspirational song of the year”, at the 27th Annual Covenant Awards.  

 After a nearly ten-year hiatus, Ryan is back on the music scene, debuting a new solo album ready to make his mark once again. Ryan is excited and grateful to be collaborating on his latest work with such producers as Murray Pulver, (Crash test dummies, Doc Walker, Bros Landreth), and Bart McKay (Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford) .

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