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Artist Profile

Korri Ryan

Korri Ryan

Korri, an Arizona born singer/songwriter, has always relied on music to hold her life together, and at the age of 19 she has already learned quite a bit about the value of life and one chance to live it. From her first performance on stage as a six-year old, Korri understood that songs let her sing the things that needed saying, and by the age of fifteen she began writing her songs. Korri could not have dreamed what would come next. As a junior in high school she was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, a neurological condition that would ultimately require surgery. The disease tore down her self-esteem and confidence, and coming out of recovery she struggled with her new understanding of stage fright, something she had never struggled with before. After a period of time stumbling through her performances, she put her fears behind her, suddenly grasping the genuine happiness she feels from being on stage after a entering a lip-syncing contest. Feeling more than ready to take on anything the world had to offer, she took a few of the great songs she wrote that were in her back pocket and made the plan to record her debut EP. Now 19, Korri's songs reveal the fist-bumps and heartaches of growing up. Her lyrics read like letters from a smarter best friend: words to pull out and repeat, again and again. "I've always been freakishly obsessed with lyrics and telling stories," notes the Arizona-born artist. "I’m one of those people that gets a new CD and goes straight for the booklet with lyrics so I can follow along as I marvel at the writing in each song. I wanted this collection of songs to give young girls the confidence to speak their truth and their own stories." The six-song EP does just that. I Shouldn't Say moves from the up-tempo “On Your Doorstep”, which was inspired by how she wished her relationship with a friend would have played out, to the ballad, “Kelsey”, which shares a personal story of triumph over the poison of depression, inspired by her high school best friend. It was only fitting that an "A" student of songwriting would make such an honest, revealing record at the studios of The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, with her long-time mentor Rob Seals producing a top-shelf band including drummer Ryan Brown (Hannah Montana, Jesse McCartney), bassist Trent Stroh (Eddie Money, Nancy Sinatra), and cellist Cameron Stone (Green Day, Sara Bareilles) among others. Currently attending college in Arkansas, Korri has already written many of the songs that might become her follow-up release. Honest, brave, and whip-smart funny, Korri continues to find dead-catchy ways to say what she should, and shouldn't say.