Meet English born and bred singer songwriter Ryan Keen. Hailing from South Devon he picked up his first guitar on his 8th birthday and has never looked back. Combining emotionally driven lyrics, warm vocals and his rhythmic percussive style of guitar playing he truly stands out from the crowd.
Over the past two years Ryan has toured extensively around the UK building up his fan base. He has found himself part of an exciting circle of young musicians all carving a name out for themselves. He has played and toured with Lucy Rose, Ben Howard, Delilah, Emily & The Woods, Newton Faulkner and has toured twice with his friend Ed Sheeran. So far in 2012 he has self-released his EP ‘Focus’ which has been exceptionally well received. Ryan was tipped by The Daily Mirror as one to watch in 2012 with them describing him as ‘exceptionally talented’.
His talents haven’t gone unnoticed at Radio 1 either with Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe becoming early supporters. Fearne played the lead single from the EP several times and Zane made it his ‘Next Big Hype’ track. Other radio support has come from Huw Stephens at Radio 1 and Steve Lamaq at 6Music.
Ryan wanted the video for ‘Focus’ to have the same impact as the music so enlisted the help of one of the country’s best stop-motion animators Andy Shackleford to devise an outstanding video that has gone on to be nominated for a Limelight Award for emerging British film makers.
s we hit the summer of 2012 Ryan continues to win fans wherever he goes. He has already played major festivals in Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol Manchester & Glasgow. You can see him at Wakestock, Redfest, Boardmasters, Secret Garden Party, Camp Bestival, Kendall Calling, Bestival and more.
Not wanting to be left out of the Olympic celebrations Ryan is also playing several shows at the Dome in Weymouth as part of the Olympic water sport coverage.
As well as continuing to build his live presence Ryan is also in the studio making new music. He has recently been working with a selection of key writers and producers including The Nexus (Lana Del Rey), Craze ‘n’ Hoax (Emeli Sande), Fink (John Legend, Pro Green) & Dan Dare (Maverick Sabre, Wretch 32).