Who the heck is Ryan Graves? Ryan is a Seattle-area Christian rock singer. He spent the better part of 1997 through 2001 touring the Seattle-area, performing, and presenting his debut CD "Servant", which was composed of 10 original songs and 1 cover tune. His music was described as eclectic, ranging from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, from Boyz II Men to Mariah Carey, and from Newsboys to Eric Champion. It was peppy, fun, and sometimes campy pop & soul, the songs of which were wrapped in Biblical verses, with strong messages from the Word. Check out his old Demo Pack, or check out the Collection CD (available for purchase), a special multimedia mp3-CD encompassing 10 years in Christian rock music.
J.R. performed "Servant" material and spoke at roughly 100 Seattle-area venues per year, including just some of the following: Antioch Bible Church, Bellevue Christian School, Camp Berachah, Cascade Christian School, Cedar Park Christian Church, Central Christian Church, Club Cristo, Coal Creek Chapel, Crista Camps, Dayspring Fellowship in Oregon, Eastside Christian Church, Echo Glen, Edmonds Church of God, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen Christian Fellowship, Hopefest Northwest Festival, Kent Christian Center, King’s Jr & Sr High School, Lake Sawyer Christian Church, Lake Tapps Christian Church, Mill Creek Foursquare, Mt. Calvary Christian Church, Monroe Community Chapel, Neighborhood Christian Church, New Horizon Christian Church, Northshore Christian Church, Northwest College, Overlake Christian Church, Puget Sound Christian College, River of Life Fellowship, Seattle Christian Schools, Snohomish County Christian School, Valley Christian School, Youth Dynamics, and more. He was featured in Cedar Park Christian Church's Artist Spotlight Contest and appeared several times on Seattle's Spirit 105.3 FM's airplay as well as an interview at another Christian radio station in Portland.
J.R. dropped out of the scene in 2000 after undergoing some personal trials that required some heavy introspection and soul-searching. Well, "J.R." is back, older and perhaps wiser now. He now goes by Ryan Graves, with a brand new "male Christian Alanis Morissette" rock sound, and 15 great songs that speak about living life to the fullest, identifying with pain and overcoming it, and recognizing that life is a journey to be learned from. His songs are passion-filled and brimming with pathos. While it is not Ryan's intent to pursue any sort of ministry, it is his intent to share through song the journey he walked down, the painful experiences of isolation, loneliness, sadness, and the pervasive and persistent hope that carried him through: forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Rather than languishing in and remaining captive to sadness and frustration, Ryan has chosen to embrace captivity to Christ, to continually seek freedom from the webs of this world that so easily entangle, and to run with perseverance the race marked out for him. He has chosen to celebrate the victory and accomplishment that comes with moving through difficulties and repercussions, in the power of Jesus Christ. Ryan, and those surrounding him in this CD and concert pursuit, believe in the redemptive and restorative power of a second-chance-giving God, and intend nothing more than to celebrate this journey through song. It is our hope that you may relate to the lyrics in these songs, draw power from them, claim victory over our enemy the devil, and realize that the Holy Spirit empowers and enables us well more than we could ever imagine. GLORY TO GOD. Ryan is constantly reminded of Hebrews 6:10 ("God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them"), Malachi 4:2 ("But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall"), Joel 2:25 ("I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten") and 1 Corinthians 6:11 ("And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.") AMEN! God loves us with an everlasting love, despite ourselves, and He is the Great Liberator. PRAISE HIS NAME FOREVER.