Ryan Hiller is a highly skilled entertainer who delivers memorable performances that are full of passion, energy and truly great music. He is a highly accomplished, technically-proficient, guitar professional & singer who can bring a crowd to their feet with his own songs or by perfectly rendering a standard cover. He has written and composed dozens of original songs and opened up for such greats as The Steve Miller Band, Don Felder of The Eagles, Styx, Foreigner, Chicago, Keb Mo, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield, The Black Eyed Peas, Lyle Lovett, Chris Issak and Brandi Carlile to name but a few.
Ryan’s expertise has also garnered him sponsorship from Fender, Taylor Guitars, Sennheiser Microphones, Gator Cases and LR Baggs Pickups, some of the biggest names in the industry.
As a child just picking up the guitar, Ryan was soon trying to emulate licks from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. In high school Ryan discovered jazz, and from there he went on to pursue both his own music and the world of jazz at the University of Utah. As an Allstate Jazz guitar award winner (From Park City high school), he truly understood that hard work is very important, even if one has lots of talent. Continuing his pursuit of the roots of American music, Ryan decided to go to the source: He left home and moved to New Orleans where he ultimately graduated from the University of New Orleans with a BA in Jazz Performance. From there he went on to play and develop his own music. He constantly refines both his solo & full band acts while also gleaning experience from as many other diverse musical opportunities as he can. Naturally, he has performed in acoustic duos, rock trios and Hip Hop jazz groups, and he was also a performer with both a 12 piece horn funk/soul band, and a large format gospel choir with over 50 people.
Ryan has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Voodoo Festival, the Sundance Festival, several House of Blues venues in the U.S., Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, The Belly Up Tavern, and many other notable venues around the country. His recently recorded EP, “How It Works” has received radio airplay on KPRI 102.1, and 91X 91.1.
Ryan recently signed his first record deal with Pacific Records in San Diego, CA, and will be releasing a new album in late 2016/early 2017. Ryan is very excited about this new project, and has said that the style of this new album will be going back to the reason he played guitar- by summoning the electrifying influences of his guitar gods: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jonny Lang, George Benson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and John Butler to name a few. Pacific Records will be releasing material on a somewhat regular basis, so please JOIN THE MAILING LIST to stay up to date.
Folks are always looking for new, fresh, great music and the next great entertainer to stir them and move them. Without-a-doubt, Ryan Hiller is that person.