Presented by Jamie Stephens
Photographed by Jei Tootle
Produced by Zoe Allwood
Directed by The Sprezz
Starting at the tender age of 3, Ryan's been playing music with an intention and integrity that surpasses that of most seasoned musicians twice his age. He learnt a discipline and work ethic through private lessons he took with longtime teacher and mentor John Sheldon, who's written songs for James Taylor and played guitar with Van Morrison. After a 1-year stint of college and a year of fifteen different day jobs, Hommel and long time musical partner Seth Glier set out to record their first record together in 2008. Glier's The Trouble With People (which Hommel co-produced) was quickly picked up and re-released by NYC-based record label MPress Records. From there, it was year-round touring and into the iTunes Top 100 charts. Currently, Hommel and Glier are touring in support of Glier's most current release - also co-produced by Hommel - The Next Right Thing (MPress, 2010) which debuted on the iTunes Top 100 charts and topped off at #1 on Clear Channel radio stations across the US.
Though still touring constantly, Ryan Hommel is now working on his debut record as a solo artist, to be produced with Grammy-nominee and world-class cellist/composer Dave Eggar. Look for it in late 2011/early 2012.
Blessed with an a-grade classic soul voice that could equally melt candles or blow cladding off walls, Mr Hommel's also a fan of GREAT RECORDS and so consequently can do the business in whatever music environ he finds himself in. Blues, Soul, Rock N Roll, Jazz, Funk: you name it - he nails it. And that's just his voice.. wait til you hear his guitar playing. If there's any justice in this world, you'll be hearing A LOT more from this nice young man in the very near future. Remember, you heard it here first...