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About

Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2002

TAYLOR SWIFT says: “I've listened to his songs and absolutely fell in love with them.”

Ryan L. is a 2-time Canadian Country Music Awards and Canadian Radio
Music Awards nominated recording artist. He has been winning over audiences across North America performing festivals, theatres, resorts and various concert events for over a decade. His live show is something special. Putting a modern
twist on classic, recognizable songs is where he truly shines. He is charming,
high energy, and his guitar chops are out of this world, making his
performances unforgettable.

In 2008, Ryan made his mark as an innovator in self-promotion. He cashed in
his life savings to put up a huge billboard on Music Row in Nashville with a
picture of himself holding a note to country superstar Taylor Swift reading,
"Hey Taylor - I LOVE your music. Will you produce my album?" This bold
move attracted major media attention across North America, with Swift
herself taking notice and number one country radio personality Blair Garner
labeling Ryan "The Voice of Country Future".

Superstar TAYLOR SWIFT announced on E News Weekend, "I definitely want
to meet Ryan L ... I've listened to his songs and absolutely fell in love with them. I think he's got great melodies and he's a great writer. I think he could
really be great and be huge, so it'll be really cool to maybe work with him."

L. said he was blown away and broke down when he saw the interview.
"I was just ecstatic, tears came to my eyes," he said. L. and Swift have
since connected.

Ryan has since had the opportunity to collaborate with international superstar
Nick Carter of THE BACKSTREET BOYS. He was also invited as the exclusive opening act for country music legend ALAN JACKSON on his recent Canadian tour following the success of Ls top 10 debut single “I’m Your Man”
(written for his brother’s marriage proposal to a high school sweet heart).

L. is a headline artist for the "BiggerThanThat!" youth empowerment
school tour. Ryan was bullied in grade school and has been sharing his motivational story with thousands of youth. At BiggerThanThat school events, he performs a concert and encourages students to believe in themselves and always pursue their dreams!

With a hefty tour schedule, Nashville Tennessee songwriting sessions with
many of country music’s top hit makers and a new album due for release
this year, the future is looking bright for this budding star!

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Experience

Lead Guitar Instructor
Sep 2000 - Jun 2002
Acoustic Traditions Music Store

Guitar instruction to a 30+ student base.

Education

BA Music Industry Arts
Sep 2002 - Jun 2005
Humber College
High School Diploma w/ Music Arts Major
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
Centre Wellington District School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

A+ Certification Technical Graduate
Jun 2004
Humber College

Awards

Best New Artist
Mar 2013
Canadian Radio Music Awards
Rising Star Award
Sep 2012
Canadian Country Music Awards
CMT Video Of The Year
Sep 2012
Canadian Country Music Awards

Affiliations

ACTRA
Jan 2012

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the union of more than 23,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.

We are actors, recording artists, comedians, announcers, stunt co-ordinators & performers, dancers, narrators, voice performers, hosts, choreographers, models, singers, background performers, puppeteers and more.

ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, administer and enforce collective agreements to provide performers with equitable compensation as well as safe and reasonable working conditions. Performers who work ACTRA have access to a full range of health benefits provided by ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). Created in 1975 by ACTRA members, AFBS was formed to provide insurance and retirement services at a time when benefits available through other insurance companies could not meet the distinctive needs of performers.

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SOCAN
Jan 1998

SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the Canadian performing rights of millions of Canadian and international music creators and publishers. SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in supporting the long-term success of its more than 130,000 Canadian members, as well as the Canadian music industry. Through licenses, SOCAN gives businesses that use music the freedom to use any music they want, legally and ethically. SOCAN licenses more than 125,000 businesses coast to coast and distributes royalties to its members and peer organizations around the world. SOCAN also distributes royalties to its members for the use of Canadian music around the world in collaboration with its peer societies. In addition, SOCAN plays a leadership role in mentoring emerging creators on various aspects of the craft and business of music. We also advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that copyright is respected and that creators are appropriately remunerated for the use of their work.

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BMI
Jan 1996

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Taylor Swift and Ryan Laird at the CCMA Awards Show!

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Ryan Laird performing live!

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5 Reviews

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Steven B. Oct 5, 2018
Country Singing · Online

Excellent instruction. Knowledgable working entertainer with the technical expertise and the in depth understanding necessary to improve almost anyones ability and confidence as a performer.

Dan Aug 9, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

What can I say, it not everyday an opportunity comes to get guitar lessons from a celebrity!! I want to say a big THANKS to Ryan for being an amazing teacher, fun guy and guiding me along at a pace I can comfortably work at! These lessons have literally changed my life!!

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Nancy Aug 8, 2018
Piano · In studio

Lessons are so much fun! I am enjoying learning how to play the piano. Something I have always wanted to do. Ryan is patient and very knowledgeable. Love the range of music I am learning how to play (basic right now but he offers music that you want to play). I would recommend Ryan to anyone who has wanted to learn to play piano or guitar, he is an excellent teacher!

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Joel Aug 8, 2018
Guitar · Online

It was an amazing experience having my music lesson with Ryan. I feel much more confident as a player now!

Amanda Aug 7, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Excellent teacher! Highly recommend. Ryan explains everything very well and at my own pace so that I don’t miss anything! Thanks Ryan!

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