I'm over the moon about this. What follows is the press release from my new publicist, Webster Public Relations.
WEBSTER PUBLIC RELATIONS SIGNS CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ARTIST BARRON RYAN
Webster Public Relations is honored to add contemporary Jazz artist Barron Ryan to their roster. Ryan will be releasing his new album, The Masters' Apprentice later this year.
“I’m excited to welcome Barron Ryan to the Webster family. Ryan is one of the most talented musicians I have seen in a long time and I look forward to helping him build his career in the music industry,” said Kirt Webster.
Barron Ryan’s love for music has always been divided. The son of two musicians, he grew up in a house filled with the sounds of artists ranging from Chopin to James Brown. So when it comes to his own performing, he’s not content drawing on just one influence. He combines them all into a musical adventure that’s vintage yet fresh, historical yet hip, classic yet cool.
After beginning piano lessons at age four with his father, Barron seemed destined for a career in music. He excelled in performing throughout his middle and high school years in Tulsa, OK, then continued to impress his peers and instructors as a piano performance major at The University of Oklahoma.
Everything did not come up roses, however, as Barron was then rejected from all the music conservatories you might be impressed by. Disheartened and a little annoyed, he briefly gave up on the piano in pursuit of a satirical hip-hop career. But due to a favorable result in a piano competition that sent its winner to perform in Israel, that project was graciously short-lived.
Thanks to that Israel concert tour, Barron found his artistic voice. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music (found on his debut album, Classical with Attitude), and is learning from great jazz pianists by replaying their solos on his upcoming album, The Masters’ Apprentice.