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Born in Massachusetts and raised in Arkansas, Ryan Daniel knows how to connect with his audience. Ryan credits Garth Brooks as his major influence: “When I perform, I want the crowd to feel what I’m feeling,” says Ryan. “I like to reach out and make them part of the show.” Daniels’ makes every fan feel like they are the most important person there.
Ryan has served as a member of the United States Air Force for over nine years where he was an AMMO troop. During this time he was also selected to join the elite musical touring group “Tops in Blue.” Ryan toured 20 different countries entertaining an estimated 250,000 troops and civilians alike. During this tour, he met his producer, Barry Best. Together, they created Ryan’s debut album “Love, Life and Memories” and his second album “Back for More” which is to be released in early 2018.
In 2013, Ryan toured under the sponsorship of Air Force Entertainment, where he spent the holidays performing for the troops overseas. Ryan promoted “Love, Life and Memories” and raised initiative from Texas all the way to Afghanistan.
Ryan has now partnered with Stringer Performance, Westone Audio and managed by WBA Entertainment. Ryan has received numerous awards from The Indie Music Channel to include “Best Country Contemporary Video” for “Feel Good Feelin’” (2017), “Best Country Artist” (2016), “Album of the Year” for “Love, Life and Memories” (2014) and “Country Song of the Year for “Love Lives On” (2014) written by Billy Currington. Ryan also won 2018 Veteran In Blue Award and was nominated for the 2017 Radio Music Award for “Feel Good Feelin”. Daniels’ first album debut single “A Silent Movie” tiered number one on the Top 5 at 5 on WKML. The International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) music charts also recognized “Honky Tonk Holiday” and “Unknown Soldier” as they were certified #1 and #3. Ryan has also won Country Music Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards (2012). Ryan’s debut video “Feel Good Feelin’” has been aired on CMT, Heartland, and “Country Fix”.
Special Opening Guest – Blood Moon Trio
Morgan Washam returns to the Markay stage with band Blood MoonTrio to open for Ryan Daniel. Morgan is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Appalachian hills of Ohio. His music fuses elements of folk, country, blues, rock and jazz within the Americana paradigm, and lyrical content is inspired by life experience as well as elements of spiritual and political significance. He released his debut solo album, “Blood Moon” September 28, 2015. Blood Moon is comprised of Morgan Washam: acoustic/electric guitar, vocals, Matt Simpkins: electric guitar, Jordan Lombardo: bass/backing vocals.