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Erin Ryan challenges the boundaries between pop, jazz, and acoustic music with her accomplished songwriting and commanding performance skills. Backed by Wild Women & Cinnamon or alone with her crafty guitar, Erin’s music is marked by creative harmonies, contagious rhythm, and lyrics acclaimed for their humor and poignancy. Fluent in classical, gospel, rock, jazz, and pop idioms, Erin’s sultry alto settles into songs with depth of tone and elasticity of mood. Through her years of songwriting, teaching, and touring, Erin has charmed audiences and earned recognition as a gifted composer and performer.

Erin Ryan—whose vocals have been compared to Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchel, whose songwriting mixes elements of Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow, who juxtaposes the intensity of Jonatha Brooke with the playfulness of Bonnie Raitt, and whose influences include Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, and Prince—has charmed audiences of all persuasions with her distinctive brand of “jazz- influenced acoustic pop.”

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