Ryan McMullen 
Contestant in the KHTS 2013 Texaco Country Showdown  Preliminary Round
If you were told that someone was just starting to find their voice in their mid-30’s, you probably would imagine it would take years to figure things out. In the midst of a successful career running his own business, Ryan McMullen is doing just that. Ryan’s voice and passion for creating meaningful pop country music has exploded over the past few months. After playings a few small gigs, Ryan is working on cutting his first album with mostly original songs he and his friends have been writing. This is just an example of how fast this star is rising.
A young man, native to Newhall, California, Ryan grew up with a passion for many different things. Through various friendships and events, Ryan developed an interest for horses, which then blossomed into a successful career as a farrier, or shoeing horses. After ten years of running a successful business, Ryan had a few weeks of intense self-reflection. At the end of that time, Ryan realized he had a desire to tell a story and develop meaningful music from his heart. Acting on the advice of some industry professionals, he immersed himself in all things music and started writing down some lyrics along the way.
Hours spent playing his guitar and writing down his songs helped stoke the passion that was burning inside. His friends and teachers quickly encouraged the young talent to start singing at more gigs and training himself to concur the audience with his passionate voice. With a voice inspired by many artists, Ryan works on singing and harmonizing with a heartfelt flood of emotion.
Saying he is a driven man is a huge understatement. “Everyone I meet really loves my energy and work ether,” Ryan recounts. The people that he works with musically are drawn to his effort and truly believe in what he is doing. Ryan says, “I put a 100% into everything I do. So starting music, it was natural for me to work hard at making good music and improving my craft.” His freedom of being his own boss has allowed him to devote himself to do whatever it takes to become a good musician.
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