Genres:New Age, Easy Listening, Electronic - Trip Hop/Downtempo, Electronic - Techno, Electronic - Industrial, Electronic - House/Dance/Progressive, Electronic - Breakbeat, Electronic - Big Beat, Electronic - Ambient, Pop Rock, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Trailer Music, Specialty - Promo Music, Specialty - HumanDrama/Emotions, Specialty - Horror/Suspense, Specialty - Cinematic, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Hard Rock/Classic
Ryan States was born in Chicago. He has since lived in Dallas, Montana and New York City. Ryan has toured seven years with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus. He is on the road eleven months per year.
He has now performed over 3000 shows with the Ringling band, for millions of fans in sold out arenas from LA’s Staples Center, to Chicago's United Center and Houston's Reliant Stadium. Recordings of his playing have been heard on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, national parade broadcasts, DVDs, commercials, etc.
Ryan was the youngest of eleven children. His brothers were mobile Deejays in the '70s and '80s. After moving to Dallas Texas as a teenager, Ryan deejayed corporate events, school dances, private parties, and modeling pageants.
He is an experienced piano accompanist and songwriter. He collaborates with other musicians both in person and long-distance via the Internet.
He was three years into a music degree at the University of North Texas when he originally ran off and joined the circus. He was studying piano with Dr. Jack Roberts, Head of the piano department.
He has gigged in everything from cover bands (Eclectic, Frontline, Grok) to river boat bands such as Vince Vance & the Valiants where Ryan worked as a sub.
In February 2001, he designed the sound for Our Endeavors Theater Company’s production of, “I, Patty Diphusa, International Sex Symbol.” He composed songs ranging from techno, to adult film-styled music, to comical MGM-like orchestral moments.
In 1997 he played keyboards on a jazz tour in Ireland with the Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Group. The group performed compositions and vocal arrangements that he created. In 1993 Ryan composed original music for the Windjet commercial on TV for Hydrodynamics, Inc.