The village that they call The Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, may be where Ryan Kelly resides, but he's just as comfortable calling the studio and stage home. He began his love affair with music and performing early on in his life, and he's remained faithful to his first love ever since.
Ryan developed his wide range of musical tastes from a lifetime filled with varied influences- from traditional Irish songs, to acoustic to rock to showtunes - and he's combined them all into his own distinctive style as a singer/songwriter, showcased perfectly on his debut album, "In Time" - released in the Fall of 2010 to much acclaim and success. He currently tours and records as one of the stars of the highly successful, platinum and multi-gold selling musical show, "Celtic Thunder". Performing with "Celtic Thunder" has allowed Ryan to showcase both his acting and singing abilities to audiences all across North America, Australia and beyond.
Ryan has performed live with Westlife, Girls Aloud and Simply Red in the "Children In Need" televised charity concert at the Odyssey in Belfast, sung the US National Anthem for his beloved Boston Celtics, and has performed for the US President and his family at the White House. Ryan's talents don't end with his phenomenal musical abilities. He is also an accomplished actor. He's taken on roles such as that of Mickey Johnstone in the musical "Blood Brothers" and Judas Iscariot in "Jesus Christ Superstar" to much success and praise. His ability to transform and make the songs he performs completely his own, have garnered him a large and loyal following. The audience's enthusiasm for his performances fuel his own onstage and make for a night no one soon forgets, and he's enjoying every moment of it- "It's clichéd, but music is my life. It's what makes me happy and I feel blessed to be able to call this my job."
In addition to touring with "Celtic Thunder", Ryan has been touring a sold out show entitled "Acoustic by Candlelight" - featuring his own singer/songwriter compositions, and timeless favourites - with fellow Celtic Thunder member, Neil Byrne, across the United States to very receptive and enthusiastic audiences. In January of 2012, Ryan was honoured to be nominated for and win the 2011 award for "Top Solo Performer in Concert" from the Irish Music Association. This award was just the newest highlight for Ryan in a career that hasn't seen its top heights yet, and he looks forward to sharing his amazing musical journey with his incredibly supportive fanbase for many years to come.
Music has been a huge part of Neil's life since he was very young. A native of Bray, County Wicklow - Ireland, Neil's father was a busy musician and it was at the age of 6 that he watched his father's three-piece band play at a wedding. "The sound just completely blew me away," he recalls. "I didn't really understand what I was listening to but I just understood it was absolutely wonderful."
What followed were lots of gigs the length and breath of Ireland and beyond with many bands including Chase (with his brother Paul!), Oden, Hipple Street and Phil Coulter's band. It was this connection that lead to Neil becoming part of "Celtic Thunder".
In October 2010 Neil released the 4 track EP "Sensitive Souls". Gaining a positive response from media and music fans alike along with sales in more than 20 countries around the world, it was clear a full album would soon follow. In October 2011 Neil released his debut album entitled "Pale blue Jak - Faces", which became CD Baby's second best selling album that month and entered the iTunes US Top 100 Pop Albums and the iTunes Canada Top 50 Pop Albums.
"Pale blue Jak" comes from the imagination of Neil Byrne "I wanted something that would excite me, something that would make me cry, something that would make me laugh, something I would find myself dancing to without trying and most importantly something with a cool vibe. I want these songs to mean as much to the listener as they do to me. Writing random songs is not what I wanted to achieve. I was after a common thread throughout.... I could visualize the live performance, an unconventional, energetic, charismatic, quirkey show all in one mix."
For the past few years, Neil has been performing to hundreds of thousands of people across North American and Australia with "Celtic Thunder" as a lead vocalist and band member along with recording on Billboard's Top World Artist, Album and Imprint for 2009 & 2011.
More recently, Neil and fellow "Celtic Thunder" member Ryan Kelly have joined creative forces to bring their show "Acoustic by Candlelight" on tour. Featuring acoustic versions of original music from Neil's "Pale blue Jak - Faces" album and Ryan's "In Time" album along with a diverse and ever changing selection of crowd pleasing song choices.