Ryan Fine - Biography

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Ryan Fine is an artist, songwriter, and producer in Nashville, TN. Ryan loves to collaborate with many other artists and writers in the Nashville area. He regularly performs writer’s rounds, full band shows, and for private events. These dates can be found in the “shows” tab.

He was born, raised, and educated in his hometown Cincinnati, OH. Luckily, Ryan didn’t have to drive too far to reach Music City. He grew up listening to the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Ben Folds Five. He played and recorded in a Beatles cover duo in high school, which developed his ear for songwriting and production. When Ryan was fourteen years old, a crush inspired him to write his first original song. Ryan studied Commercial Music Production in his hometown at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music where he learned about crafting songs, performing, audio engineering, and entrepreneurship. In the jazz department, Ryan met his first true collaborators and bandmates forming the ten-piece Jazz/Pop band, Ryan Fine & The Media, dressed in black and white suits with different colored converse sneakers. While this project was in full swing he started pursuing a solo artist journey. 

Ryan’s first press and buzz started in 2014 when American Songwriter Magazine featured him as a songwriter in their Daily Discovery interview series. His song “Subway Train” got his foot in the door of the music industry. This track was highlighted in his first record, Alone with Dreamers, released in 2016. Alone with Dreamers received a great review from Cincinnati’s CityBeat describing Ryan as a “…a talent that can’t be taught, and Fine’s ability to connect with listeners on a deeper level is much more important for his longevity in music than the ability to put together a catchy three-minute Pop song." 

While in school, he interned at a recording studio Audiogrotto across the Ohio river helping set up microphones. This was his first taste in a professional music setting until his move to Nashville after graduation in May of 2017. Ryan honed his audio engineering and production skills as an intern at the OmniSound Recording Studios on Music Row. Here, he learned how extremely efficient sessions are conducted. The mic setups had to be speedy and the songs were tracked within a few takes by some of the best session players in the world. Ryan learned invaluable studio etiquette and recording techniques that he will carry into his own artist and producer careers.

Ryan comes from a musical family. His Dad, David Fine, went to Berklee in Boston for Jazz Percussion. Soon after starting school, his Dad moved to Los Angeles to drum on R&B recordings.

Ryan’s sister, Kelly Fine, writes and performs with her Folk/Americana group Young Heirlooms. Kelly is a brilliant lyricist and timeless performer bringing all ages together with her antique contemporary sound. She was the first person to help Ryan with his singing by encouraging him to join the high school choir. His Mom, Molly Fine, supports her musical children by listening in the car, spreading their music around the community, and cheering at their shows. Molly teaches dyslexic children how to read by connecting the tactile and language parts of the brain. She got her masters so that she could teach her methods to other teachers, exponentially helping the community and even world from her online presence.

Ryan also has a passion for helping kids. He is a staff writer for the Songs of Love Foundation based in New York. This non-profit connects songwriters to kids going through traumatic experiences. The songwriters write personalized songs to help children feel loved and encouraged during such a difficult time of their lives. Ryan embraced his love for youth and music by writing a record for a kids’ educational website, Clever Crazes for Kids, in 2017.

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