Ryan Townsend - Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Ryan Townsend is a musician, singer, and songwriter based in the New York Metropolitan area. He writes and performs both original and cover songs bringing his music to a loyal ever-growing fan base. His style is a mix of pop, rock, folk, blues, and soul. Honest music, from a hard working artist who has lived a life full of story telling and musicianship. He crafts tales with a vintage spirit told in a rhythmic full-throated language. Over the past decade he has amassed a widespread catalog of music which he has recorded and released, in addition to producing music for licensing and publishing.
Townsend performs a wide ranges of songs that span the decades and connect with audiences of all ages. Some of the singers and songwriters who have influenced his style and approach include: Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Otis Redding, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Ray Lamontagne .
His music has been featured in the Lions Gate feature film Living Will and on the Versus television network. Townsend has shared the stage with notable artists such as, Donna Jean Godchaeux (Grateful Dead), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, Vida Blue), Questlove (the Roots), and Jimmy Herring(Widespread Panic)
In addition to his solo work, Townsend is the singer and guitarist for the alternative rock band Boxing the Needle. The band worked closely with producer and engineer John Siket (Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Sonic Youth) for their latest album Collide, released in May of 2017. Siket is well known for his work engineering Phish albums such as Billy Breathes and The Story of the Ghost, as well as, his work with Steve Lilywhite and the Dave Matthews Band on the album Crash.