Ryan Laird

2-Time Canadian country music awardS Nominated Recording Artist

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BIO

It has been said that Ryan Laird learned to hum back a melody before he could speak, and that the art of creating music has always been second nature. At the age of 5, Laird began learning piano, and received his first guitar at the age of 7 for Christmas. After studying jazz, guitar and voice at Humber College in Toronto, Laird packed his bags and moved his life down to Nashville with high hopes of furthering his career as a performer and songwriter at the age of 19. After a few years in Nashville, Laird signed his first publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music Publishing. 

In December 2008, he received recognition and media attention across The United States and Canada after putting up a billboard on Nashville, Tennessee's famed music row asking Taylor Swift to produce his album. The billboard displayed Laird in a classroom holding a note reading “Hey Taylor - I LOVE your music. Will you produce my album?” When asked about Laird and his billboard on E! News Weekend, Swift said, "I definitely want to meet him ... I listened to one of his songs and absolutely fell in love with it, and I think he's got great melodies and he's a great writer. I think he could really be great and be huge, so it'll be really cool to maybe work with him." 


Laird would go on to sign to his first recording contract with CMT (Canada) and Sony Music Entertainment Canada in 2011. On March 28 2011, Laird released a music video for his single “I'm Your Man” which charted at No. 10 on the CMT Cross Canada Countdown. The “I'm Your Man” radio single peaked at No. 10 on the BDS Canada Country radio chart. "I'm Your Man" was nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award. During a CMT Canada interview, Laird said the inspiration behind the song came from his brother Brett and his brother's girlfriend Shannon. Laird would later perform the song at their wedding. 

In 2012, Laird was nominated for two Canadian Country Music Awards which were the CMT Video of the Year and The Rising Star Award. In 2012, Laird signed a new record deal with On Ramp Records. Laird’s third radio single release, “Girl Crazy”, was serviced to Canadian country radio with success. The following year, Laird was approached by fellow Canadian country artist, Leah Daniels, to record a duet titled “Where Do I Go”, which went on to be one of the most played music videos on CMT Canada that year. That same year, after discovering Ryan’s music, number one country radio personality, Blair Garner, labeled Laird “The Voice of Country Future” after his performance on the AfterMidNite radio show.


Laird went on his first national tour as the opening act for George Canyon in 2011, following up in 2012 by opening for Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, and Emerson Drive tours. In 2013, Laird was an opening act on the Terri Clark tour. 


In 2013, Laird founded the National BiggerThanThat!™ Movement as a platform for bullying prevention and youth empowerment and a way to give back to communities across the country.  His philanthropic tour has impacted over 300,000 Canadian youth to date.


In August 2014, Laird signed a Nashville publishing and artist development deal with Studio Gold Music, Inc. and consequently released his latest 13 track album, titled, "Bigger Than That", as well as popular summer single, "Summertime Girl", co-written by Laird, Zach Abend and Patricia Conroy.


In September 2014, Laird met his match, a British Columbian native, and the two were married in a private ceremony in August 2016. 


In September 2016, Laird released “Wear Me Out”, which was written by Laird and Grammy winner, Joe West, and Mike Todd. It was also produced by Laird himself,  topping the charts at #81.


On May 17, 2017, Laird released, "Gamble On Love", which was written by Laird, and fellow hit songwriters Jeff Cohen (The Spin Doctors, Big & Rich, The Band Perry), and Zach Abend (Meghan Patrick, Jess Moskaluke). 

Laird is most commonly described as the Ed Sheeran of country music, with a big Keith Urban flare. His stage presence is sure to captivate you by incorporating his unique blend of original and classic songs, storytelling, and musicianship which makes for a truly mesmerizing experience that will only leave you wanting more and more.