"Ryan Cassata...is a seasoned performer who has toured the country, appeared on television, written for film, and has done dozens of other amazing things as an advocate of equal rights who speaks publicly (and courageously) about transgender issues. When Ryan belts out a song, every note is infused with bravery and conviction." - LI Pulse Magazine, June 2nd, 2011
Ryan Cassata is a transgender singer-songwriter & motivational speaker from Long Island, NY who - all by the age of 18 - successfully cut two records, booked and went on several tours, played the world's biggest gay music festival, won the Harvey Milk Memorial Award and appeared on National & International TV several times. Ryan plays guitar, piano, harmonica, and sings. At the young age of 14, Ryan began to gig across Long Island. Now only 2.5 years later he has made over 200 performances and has already completed a Florida tour, and two New England tours, titled "The Love Around The World Tour." Cassata performed at the world's biggest gay music festival, Pridefest Milwaukee with other great musicians like Salt N' Pepa, Chris Crocker & LeAnne Rimes.
Ryan Cassata is the founder of Artemendous Records, LLC. and Artemendous Radio Station and conducts broadcasts worldwide to help the local music scene grow stronger.
Ryan Cassata is the composer of the soundtrack for "Loop Planes", an award-winning independent film that screened in the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Music Festival (2010), the Tribeca Film Festival. (2010), the International Israel Women's Film Festival (with The Runaways) (2010) and 45 other film festivals.
Ryan Cassata appeared on The Larry King Live Show (2009) and the Tyra Banks Show (2010) for being transgender himself. Aside from being a musician Cassata is a strong advocate for the Transgender community. He travels the States speaking at High Schools, Colleges and Conferences sharing his story with a mission to stop ignorance and bring peace to the world. Cassata appeared in Hamptons Bay Magazine (2008), Go Magazine (2008), and Closer Magazine (2011) for his hard work and advocacy. He also appeared in Bay Shore High Schools' "Maroon Echo" three times for his advocacy along with his musical achievements. In 2011, Ryan Cassata won the Harvey Milk Memorial Award for the new path of equality he had created at his high school.
Ryan Cassata writes very passionate lyrics. His words are positive and inspirational to todays generation. Cassata hopes to spread this positivity across the country and around the world in hopes to make people smile and catch on to kindness.
Ryan Cassata is doing much more than the average teen. He demands change, he demands revolution, and...he demands PEACE.