Canadian country recording artist Ryan Laird has been motivating kids to "chase their dreams" and "never give up" at numerous elementary schools across Ontario recently. Ryan was bullied in grade school and has been sharing his story with thousands of Upper Grand District School Board kids through his song "Hey Ashley". Ryan wrote the song about his experience with a childhood bully named Ashley.
Hey Ashley - Ryan Laird
Ryan says, "There is a large anti-bullying movement in schools right now. No child should have to complain about not wanting to go to school due to a bully. I'm hoping to motivate as many kids as I can to never stop chasing their dreams and never let a bully stand in your way of success and happyness in life!"
At the schools, Ryan performs numerous songs amidst speaking about his personal experience with bullying. He also takes time for a question & answer session with students after the concert.
TWO TIME CCMA AWARD NOMINEE
RYAN LAIRD FINALLY MEETS TAYLOR SWIFT
AT THE CCMA AWARD SHOW ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 IN SASKATOONToronto - September 14, 2012 - For those of you who know Ryan Laird you are probably familiar with the infamous billboard story. In 2008 Ryan spent his life's savings on a billboard in Nashville across the street from Taylor Swift's publishing company. The billboard said "Taylor, I LOVE your music, will you produce my album....Ryan Laird". This received a lot of press attention in the US and in Canada.
This past Sunday Ryan had the chance to finally meet Taylor. She was at the CCMA Awards in Saskatoon receiving the Generation Award and Ryan was there as a two time nominee and presenter. Ryan says "I had the pleasure of hanging with Taylor Swift and her Mom. Taylor was a total sweetheart and knew who I was right away. She follows my music and her Mom said they kept pictures of the billboard. They were very genuine."
It was a highlight of a very busy weekend for Ryan. Ryan performed at the Food Basket Challenge which became the cover story of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Friday. He also performed at the Industry Brunch Awards and at the SOCAN Songwriters Cafe. Ryan had the pleasure of introducing Eric Church's performance during the broadcast on Sunday. Ryan was very busy doing many radio interviews and he also made a stop at CBC Radio.
Congratulations to Ryan Laird on his 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards nominations. Ryan is nominated in two categories:
CCMA Video Of The Year - I'm Your Man
CCMA Rising Star
The 2012 CCMA's will be broadcast on the CBC and take place on Sunday, September 9th at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK. Good luck to all the nominees!