Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Latest Release: His debut EP Ryan Hurd is out now!
See Him Live: Opening up for Florida Georgia line this summer.
If You Like: Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osbourne, Maren Morris
FYI: He met fiance Maren Morris during a writing session for Tim McGraw.
If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard one of Ryan Hurd’s songs before – you just may not have realized it. Before stepping into the spotlight as a solo star, the Kalamazoo, Michigan native penned songs that were recorded by the likes of Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, and Jake Owen, among many others. Now he’s ready to take his turn at the mic and get out on the road.
Hurd is one of many young country artists whose music isn’t afraid to blur the boundaries between genres. With songs that incorporate rock and pop influences, if not for the soulful twang of his voice, you might not even at first think of him as a country artist. His well-received debut EP features the songs “City Girl” and “Hold You Back,” and has set the stage for his debut album, which is due out later this year. His latest single “Love In A Bar” is poised to hit country radio in June and has the industry abuzz about its hit potential.
Among Ryan’s many collaborators is his current girlfriend Maren Morris, whom he met during a writing session for Tim McGraw. In a recent interview with People magazine, Maren said their writing chemistry prefigured their personal chemistry, and that given their success rate writing songs together, it was inevitable that they’d get together as a couple.
As his single makes its way to country radio, Hurd is gearing up for a busy summer on the road. Having just wrapped up a stint opening for Thomas Rhett on his Home Team Tour he’ll soon be joining Florida Georgia Line on their Smooth World Tour. With “Love in a Bar” poised to be one of the songs of the summer, fans turning out for Ryan’s opening set will surely be in for a treat. Keep an eye out for when Ryan comes to your town and keep checking Ticketmaster Insider’s New Music Favorites for more exclusive content from this rising country star.
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