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Spotlight: Nashville Singer & Songwriter Ryan Harris Brown

All, Featured Songwriters by Dennis Field on February 15, 2013

We want to thank Singer & Songwriter Ryan Harris Brown for being this weeks ”Songwriter Showcase”. We hope you find his story inspiring as well as informational.

Thank you Ryan for taking the time to answer these questions.
We appreciate all the support for Frettie thus far.

Q: Where do you call home:
Nashville, Tennessee.

Q: Where did you grow up?
Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Q: How did you get started with Songwriting?
I started writing songs when I first picked up the guitar. I must have been around 12 years old. Since I didn’t know how to play anything, I would make up my own “songs”. I didn’t start to get serious about it though until I went to Berklee College of Music.

Q: What Book are you currently reading?
Bob Dylan: Chronicles Vol. 1

Q: What album are you currently listening to?
I have been listening to the new Madi Diaz record.

Q: When it gets tough, how do you stay inspired?
I don’t know about staying inspired, but I just try to stay positive and surround myself with good, supportive, and honest friends. Sometimes I’ll also throw on a Paul Simon record when I need a little extra nudge
of inspiration.

Q: As a Songwriter, what is your biggest challenge?
As a songwriter, my biggest challenge is not being able to write songs as fast as I’d like. I tend to have to do too much editing.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write your music and where?
I REALLY like writing in the mornings and early afternoon. Every now and then I write at night, but it’s usually just to get ideas down. I write a lot in the kitchen too for some reason.

Q: To date, what has been your favorite memory as a Songwriter?
I have a lot of favorite musical moments and times where I’ve been writing and felt like everything was clicking. My song "The Trail You Leave Behind" was important for me as a writer and as a person.

Q: How do you maintain your professional growth?
I maintain my professional growth by making sure everything I put out into the world is of quality.

Q: Where do you like to start with your Songwriting?
I write from titles a lot. But it always starts out on the guitar. I have to be interested in what’s happening on the guitar to even consider writing a song.

Q: Who are your top three favorite Artists or Songwriters?
I would have to say Ben Folds, John Mayer & Ryan Adams.

Q: What advice would you tell up and coming Songwriters?
I would say to be honest when you write, and don’t think anything is less legit because you used plain language. The best songs all use simple lyrics that seem to be made for the melodies they sit in.

Q: Would you like to add anything else?
Thanks for taking the time and checking out my music!!! It’s all I ever wanted. Find me online at


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