Artist Spotlight: Ryan Weaver(@WeaverCountry)

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Ryan is a high energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty soldier, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the United States Army. To understand Ryan Weaver and his passion for music, you need to hear his unique story: Ryan Weaver’s life is an example of how an individual’s dedication, discipline, focus and perseverance can help them to achieve greatness in the face of adversity.

Ryan was adopted at 10 months of age, along with his older brother Aaron, by the Weaver family. Ryan grew up living all over the state of Florida, one of eight siblings, and the youngest of three Weaver boys. Older brothers Steve and Aaron joined the military and attended flight school. When his time came, Ryan followed in their shoes. Three Weaver boys. Three Army Warrant Officers. Three helicopter pilots.

Ryan’s brother Aaron died in 2004 when the Medivac Black Hawk helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire in Iraq. At that time Ryan was also deployed in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat, after all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down. When Aaron died, however, something changed for Ryan Weaver. He returned from combat and took a position training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and has not piloted a Black Hawk since that fateful day.  Ten years after the last day Ryan saw Aaron alive in Iraq on January 4th, Ryan’s brother-in-law Randy Billings was laid to rest one row back from Aaron.  He was KIA in Afghanistan on December 17th 2013 when the Blackhawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground detonated explosive device.

Currently working with Charlie Daniels longtime manager David Corlew, Ryan has been steadily making his way on to the Nashville music scene with recent performances at the The Ryman Auditorium with Charlie Daniels, CMA Fest on the Samsung Galaxy Stage, the annual Tootsie’s Birthday Bash, Operation Troop Aid’s Rock the Block Concert on Broadway,  as well as multiple local venue performances. Most notiably, he is scheduled to perform at the Charlie Daniels 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena this year.

Just out of the Army, Ryan spends his time writing and recording music, as well as performing all over the nation.  With a long list of headlining national acts with which he has shared the stage as an opener, most notably George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry, Ryan’s concerts are the truest indicator of his talent.  Ryan has a unique ability to connect with the crowd in high-energy performances combined with close to heart musicality and charm with a story to tell that makes him as real as it gets.  He attributes his discipline, passion and undaunted motivation to soar to higher heights to his military career and two brothers who sacrificed their lives so he may chase his dreams.

Ryan’s first single, “Crank It,” was the first song Ryan co-wrote in Nashville along with Kevin Ray (Hot Apple Pie) and Brian Eckert.  The music video for “Crank It” spent eight weeks in the Rising Star slot on TNN/The Heartland Network, a network record for an independent artist.  The video is also playing on ZUUS Country where Ryan hosted an hour-long episode as a VJ for “On The Rise.”

Ryan’s recently released second single, “New Set of Tires,” was co-written by Hall of Fame songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Bob Dipiero and is now available at all major digital distribution outlets.  Ryan is currently writing and recording songs for his new EP scheduled for release this summer.

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