We had the pleasure of talking with Singer-Songwriter Ryan McNally! We learned a bit about his background growing up in the UK, his writing style and new music! Check it out below.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hey my name's Ryan McNally, I'm an acoustic singer/songwriter from the UK, based near Birmingham. I first picked up a guitar when I was 20, struggling with agoraphobia, only leaving the house for a lift to work and panicking when I did. Music has given me back my confidence and introduced me to my partner who has also been incredibly supportive. I've only been able to support myself financially through music since July last year and in just over a year I have numerous songs written, an album completed and am currently shooting music videos for its release later this year.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
My stage name is simply my real name, McNally is an Irish name which has been passed down from my Ireland-born grandfather.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yes I write my own songs, I started creating beats and writing rap songs when I was 16 as a way of exerting my frustrations at the time, and sang on a few karaoke nights where I got mostly positive feedback, except a few that said I was too nervous. Eminem, Chester Bennington and Ed Sheeran were my best early influences however recently my songs have also been influenced by James Bay and Ben Howard. My album contains some acoustic songs, some more mainstream pop type songs and even some full band produced songs.
Can you tell us a bit about it your upcoming song release?
"Call Me Back" started as a few melodies I'd created that I thought sounded like they had been influenced by Usher. As usual when I come up with a chord sequence, I tried to think outside the box and found a nice little riff to stick in there. When it came to deciding what the song should be about there was little time spent on this as it already felt R&Bish so I decided to write it about the current (at the time) complications between me and my fiancé. "Call Me Back" is about general arguments that start over nothing and how easily they can usually be resolved.
What's next for you?
For me I'm currently deciding if the band route is the best way to go, or whether to continue on as a solo artist using a loop pedal. Both types of performances have their pro's and con's. The album will be released later this year going into the new year most likely and then I will be focused on a few things, getting better at my ability to play multiple instruments, writing loads more songs, promotion of the first album and maybe a few collaboration singles while producing the 2nd album.
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