Mike P. Ryan writes heartfelt songs about the emotions and experiences of everyday people. Born and raised in rural Oklahoma, Mike's humble roots and keen eye for detail help him craft songs that have been called "honest portraits of real people painted on a canvas of beautiful music."

An engaging live performer and a natural raconteur, Mike is an instant hit with live audiences. A prolific and highly-respected songwriter, he has won a host of national and international songwriting awards and has been selected to perform at music and songwriting festivals nationwide. Recent highlights include:

2014 -- Finalist/Performer, Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.

2015 -- Hon. Mention, Acoustic Category, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

2015 -- Finalist/Performer, Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk."

2016 -- 3rd Place Winner, American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest.

2016 -- Selectee/Performer, Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival.

2016 -- First Place Winner/Gold Medal Award, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

2017 -- Finalist/Performer, Wildflower Singer/Songwriter Competition.

2017 -- Selectee/Performer, Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival.

2017 -- First Place/Grand Prize  Dallas Songwriter's Assn. Song Contest.

2017 -- First Place Folk/Acoustic Category, UK Songwriting Contest.

2018 -- Hon. Mention, Acoustic Category, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

2018 -- Performer Tucson Folk Festival.

2018 -- Finalist, Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.

2018 -- Finalist (Alternate) Kerrville Folk Festival "New Folk."

2018 -- Finalist/Performer Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest

2018 -- Performer Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival 

2018 -- Official Showcase Performer, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Annual Conference.

Based in Northern Virginia, Mike performs at venues and festivals nationwide. A former Army paratrooper and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan he volunteers for a number of veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. His debut CD American Tales was released in 2015. His follow-up CD At Home In The Darkness is complete and slated for release in June of 2018

Photo by Dan Magnolia



Social Media

YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-6GK1JtpDYn2jytekMVLtA Twitter -- https://twitter.com/MikePRyanMusic Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-P-Ryan/101679176611260 CD Baby -- http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikepryan

Upcoming Live Shows

  • Aug 31
    Gemeny Winery,  Brandywine
  • Sep 8
    Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo,  New Haven
  • Sep 22
    House Concert,  Arlington
  • Oct 8
    Brewer's Alley,  Frederick
  • Oct 20
    Songwriter Night with Eli Lev,  Silver Spring

Latest News

Mike has been selected as a Finalist in the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. He will be performing in the Songwriting Finals at CT Folk on September 8th.

Someone Like Me

Video: Left Behind (Live)

Buy Mike's Debut CD

Mike P. Ryan: American Tales