Ryan has been involved in music since the day he was born. He traveled with his southern gospel families singing group, The Hamptons, for 16 years. He had started writing tons of music at the age of 16 and then Ryan branched out on his own at 17. He released a solo album called Distorted World and then later (along with friends Brad and Matt Gulley) formed a christian rock band named Vital - who later became Capsize Craze which finally became Halfway before releasing their first official full length self-titled album in 2002. Halfway also released a 5-song EP, Nature of Angels in 2003. The band was together for a total of six years before disbanding in 2003. Ryan put down his song-writing pen for 3 years. He and his wife became youth pastors and just continued playing drums for worship and leading youth worship at his church.
In 2007 - Ryan got the itch once again - he started penning a different style of songs - and getting back into original music making. He has been hard at work on his new solo project, Don't Kill The Messenger. Scheduled to be released in late June 2008.