About Ryan Waczek
Ryan Waczek is an American folk-pop singer-songwriter with heartfelt lyrics, passionate vocals, and an honest, emotive delivery often compared to Dean Lewis, Mat Kearney, and Philip Philips. He writes his music from a very honest and personal perspective, crafting engaging stories and developed melodies while bringing the excitement of his music to life on stage playing his acoustic guitar. He has found inspiration in Shawn Mendez, James Arthur, Julia Michaels, and Ed Sheeran. Ryan has been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, SD Voyager Magazine, and Audio-Issues. Career highlights include opening for Kina Grannis, and The Mowglis; scoring the original feature-length soundtrack for PBS-aired film ‘FLOATING HORSES’ which won the Western Heritage Award in 2018. His debut single, ‘HOME,’ released January 2020, highlights his acoustic roots with a love story that will make stomp and holler by the song’s climax....
Raised in San Diego, California, Ryan began his formal music training at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo under the percussive expertise of Ross Sears and Dr. John Astaire putting Ryan in the linage of percussion legend Saul Goodman and beloved Hollywood mega-star Fred Astaire. During his tenure at Cal Poly, Ryan was commissioned to compose music for his university in a variety of applications including the theme music for the Cal Poly Mustangs 2013 football season, and official video marketing campaigns. Under Dr. Meredith Brammeier, Ryan refined his skills and went on to scoring multiple short films winning awards at local festivals in California, Colorado, and nominated in many more states.
Apart from the university, Ryan was very active in the music industry on the central coast of California. In 2014 he scored the groundbreaking film A Life Facing Bars, A Gang Prevention Documentary that attained national recognition and was premiered in theaters and schools across California. Later that year he secured his first credit on the major record release “You Make All Things New” by Trent (Vineyard UK Records) under the mentorship of British-American producer Darren Clarke. That year, Ryan composed additional music for Cal Poly, Spikeball, and Lifewater International.
In 2015 Ryan relocated back to San Diego and founded his own record company Lion Bold Records. His signed artists have released dozens of songs though the label, one release being his own album of original songs titled “Heartbeat” in which Ryan performed and recorded all the instruments. In 2017 Ryan scored the award-winning documentary Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs and continues to produce, record, and compose music from his studio residence in San Diego, CA.