Nashville is a city where thousands aspire to stardom, but few actually have the goods to make the big time. But one artist who is making a name for himself for not only his singing and songwriting, but for his belief in the ideal that one doesn’t have to “sell his soul” to achieve success, is Ryan Bizarri.
Speaking of success, most recently, his co-write with Walker Hayes “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat” was released to radio by country super star Rodney Atkins and featured on Rodney Atkins Greatest Hits CD. The official video was released in October '15.
On his all-original 12-song CD, titled If I Was A Song, Ryan comes across as what he is: a genuine small-town family man whose inspirational modern country music reflects the ideals and moral standards of a seemingly bygone generation. Not coincidentally, his musical influences – such legends as GarthBrooks, Brad Paisley, John Denver and Chris LeDoux – also are known for their down-to-earth lifestyles, centering on family, friendship, and a quiet faith that has guided many of them through their darkest hours in life in the public eye. A frequent performer at such legendary Nashville singer-songwriter venues as the Bluebird Café and the Commodore Lounge, Ryan is a standout performer whose name is high on the lists of other Nashville tunesmiths when they are seeking a collaborator with creativity and musical honesty.
A gifted singer, songwriter and musician whose small-town roots – tiny Coal Valley, Illinois, to be exact – run deep, Ryan's songs strike a chord with lovers of all types of music. The CD opener “He Rules The Roost” was a multiple award-winner in the international Unisong Song Competition, and the pro-life song “She Could Have Been Beautiful,” co-written with wife Jennifer, won the People’s Choice award in that competition's “Social/Politcal” category, no doubt chosen by listeners who share Ryan's views on family, life and love. Ryan's songs also have been recognized in competitions sponsored by CMT (Country Music Television) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) where “I Could Have Been Beautiful” most recently was a finalist.
Also included on the If I Was A Song CD are such standout tracks as the touching “His Heart Remembers” (co-written with his mother Mary about his grandparents); “Star Stuff,” written for his young daughter, Taylor, who seems bent on stardom with her talent and precocious nature; and the red, white and blue family man anthem “Big Spender,” which leaves no doubt about what comes first in Ryan’s life: the people he loves. These songs, and others, all reflect who this outstanding performer is, and will always be, even with his ever-growing success – a middle-class man who loves God, his family, his country and his music.
In an era when it sometime seems that morality and civility are taking a back seat to an “anything goes” mentality, Ryan Bizarri bucks that trend by writing and singing heartfelt, family-friendly inspirational country music. Listen to Ryan Bizarri at www.ryanbizarri.com.