Ryan Kennedy is an internationally touring Christian recording artist and worship leader based in Houston, Texas. Ryan has opened and toured with acts such as: MercyMe (8-Dove Awards), David Crowder, Jonathan Thulin (2 - #1 singles "Dead Come to Life" and "Architecture"), Sarah Kelly (2-time Grammy Nom - "Take Me Away" and "Where The Past Meets Today"), Christy Nockels, Highlands Worship & Urban Rescue.
Known for their high-energy, exciting and impactful live concerts, Ryan and his band use state-of-the-art technology and innovative sound design to explore the God designed experience of music and message. Landing in the sonic balance where acoustic and electronic meet, Ryan and his band are critically acclaimed for blazing a new path forward past the typical and weaving the ever-changing sonic landscape of music with the never changing truth of the gospel.
Ryan was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. When he was six months old, his family moved to Spring, Texas. Homeschooling allowed him to focus on his creative gifting where he would spend up to four hours a day on the piano, practicing and studying composition and orchesration. Ryan also spent much of his young life involved in professional regional theatre, both performing and musically directing at Houston's Threatre Under The Stars and the Houston Grand Opera. At the age of 16, Ryan composed and authored a full-scale broadway musical that was staged a year later. The musical was chosen from a group of over 500 projects to be awarded a large grant funding from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. The show began to move towards a promising future as talks of moving the production to New York came about in creative meetings with producers, investors, directors. As the show was being further developed towards it's possible off-broadway run, it looked as if Ryan was clearly heading into a career as a musical composer in the world of live theatre, but God had other plans and a much greater purpose for his life.
"You know, it looked like I had it all. At least to me, I had accomplished what I wanted to. Unfortunately, on the way there I'd completely lost my faith. I was so 'in the world', that I had become lost in it. Of course, I still went to church and did the whole Christian thing, but there was absolutely nothing authentic about my religion - and yes, I call it religion, because I had no idea what a real relationship with Jesus really was. But, then - the unexplainable. God works in mysterious ways. In a moment, my life changed. In a moment, God called me back and I did a 180-spin that landed me at the foot of the cross. I experience the grace that I did not deserve and the forgiveness I should not have recieved. But, that's what the truth of the gospel is. The gospel of Jesus rewrites and restores. It's the brightest lighthouse calling out, to those lost at sea, that there is a hope of a return to solid ground."
Ryan's life was completely changed and so were his plans. When God calls someone, He puts His plan into action and it wasn't long before Ryan was leading worship at his church and soon offered a full-time ministry position as the Director of Worship & Creative Arts. God also began to write songs through Ryan, as Ryan was actively experiencing the truths that the lyrics reflect.
Ryan's future in the world of musical theatre quickly faded into the past as God directed him into the world and ministry of christian music. In a series of God orchestrated events, Ryan met and quickly became good friends with two-time Grammy nominee, Sarah Kelly (Take Me Away, Where The Past Meets Today, A Brand New Day, Midnight Sun). Sarah took Ryan under her wing and soon Ryan was recording his first project with Swedish producer, Jonas Ekman (Sweekman).
In December 2013, Ryan began to tour the "Another Moment" EP. The first leg of the tour spanned from California to Pennsylvania and many states in between. During this time, Ryan was named a New Featured Artist by the National Worship Leaders Conference and often makes appearances at NWL Conferences. In late summer 2014, Ryan brought his music overseas to play Frizon, one of the largest Christian Youth Music Festivals in Sweden.
Over two years in the making, the team behind the highly anticipated "Another Moment" LP is an unprecedented group of producers, mixers, and musicians including: Ran Jackson (Katy Perry, For King & Country, LeCrae, The Daylights), Daniel Mackenzie (Bethel Music), Aaron Sterling (John Mayer, John Legend, Brooke Fraser, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin Degraw), Jeremy Hunter (Taylor Swift), Stevie Blacke (Pink, Ellie Goulding, Rihanna), Sarah Kelly (two-time Grammy award nom), Jonas Ekman and David Thulin (PressPlay, Beckah Shae, Jonathan Thulin).