Mike P. Ryan writes and performs 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." Mike’s debut CD “American Tales” has been described as “the work of a consummate storyteller who nails his subject matter with warmth and understanding.”

Mike’s songs have received awards and recognition in The Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, The Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, The Dripping Springs Songwriter’s Festival, and The Dallas Songwriter's Association Song Contest, The UK Songwriting Contest, and the Tucson Folk Festival Song Contest. Mike has been a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Songwriting Competition, and the Wildflower Music and Arts Festival Performing Singer/Songwriter Contest. 

An engaging live performer and a natural raconteur Mike is an instant hit with live audiences. He performs regularly at venues nationwide and has opened for national touring acts including Shawn Watkins of Nickel Creek. Particuarly popular with folk audiences, Mike has been a featured performer at The Connecticut Folk Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, The Tucson Folk Festival, and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival.

Mike is the Artist in Residence at the Musician’s Workshop and founder of The NOVA Songwriter’s Workshop. A sought-after songwriting instructor Mike teaches songwriting workshops around the country and is a frequent guest instructor at the Songwriter’s Association of Washington’s Songwriter’s Toolbox instructional series. A former Army paratrooper and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers for several veteran-focused charities including The Warrior Music Foundation. He is a volunteer musician for Musicians On Call, a nationwide nonprofit organization that brings live music to the bedsides of seriously ill hospital patients including wounded warriors at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington D.C.

Mike currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Jen, his son Joseph, and the cutest dog who ever lived: Turbo the Havanese wonder dog.  



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

  • Sep 22
    House Concert,  Arlington
  • Oct 6
    Barktoberfest Homeless Animal Benefit,  Loudin
  • Oct 8
    Brewer's Alley,  Frederick
  • Oct 16
    JVs Restaurant,  Falls Church
  • Oct 20
    Songwriter Night with Eli Lev,  Silver Spring

Latest News

Mike will be performing an Official Showcase at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Annual Conference in Austin, TX on September 28.

Someone Like Me

Video: Left Behind (Live)

Buy Mike's Debut CD

Mike P. Ryan: American Tales