Ryan Joseph Gazzola was born and raised in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, Canada. He is currently promoting his debut album, In the Waking Hour.
Ryan Gazzola's musical style of pop-rock with elements of blues and soul is built upon a “melting pot” philosophy that takes listeners on a unique adventure from one song to the next. Originally from Vancouver, the Canadian singer-songwriter believes in creating music from the ground up: with a guitar and a notepad, lending itself to a style that feels authentic and raw. Through this approach, Ryan seeks to blend iconic golden-era musicality with the melodic playfulness and structure of contemporary pop. With the addition of sweet vocals, slick guitar playing, and a stellar supporting band, the result is a harmonious blend of modern precision and timeless class.
During the summer of 2015, Ryan was a finalist in the Calgary Stampede's prestigious Talent Search Competition. Playing his original song Emotion, he was dubbed #VocalGold by Dragons' Den entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson on Twitter. Ryan was also a finalist in the 2016 Calgary Stampede Talent Search, playing another original song entitled Please, Please Stay.
In July 2016, Ryan was selected as one of Budweiser's Roxy Launch Project Top 20 artists. He competed at The Roxy Cabaret, a downtown Vancouver venue where many popular acts including The Sheepdogs, Billy Talent, and Chad Brownlee have performed.
In early 2018, Ryan was awarded an Artist Development Grant recipient from FACTOR Canada to promote his upcoming album.
The independent songwriter performs live with the 5-piece Ryan Gazzola Band, a group of talented, young musicians from formed at McGill University, as well as solo. His authentic blend of soaring guitar solos, catchy vocal melodies, and honest songwriting inspires a feeling that will leave you humming all the way home.
For more information, please visit: www.RyanGazzola.com