This is grace…

Born on Christmas Day in 1981, music has always been at the center of Ryan Newcomb’s life. He started singing in his church when he was only 6 years old. His voice was a natural fit, but it was the guitar that Ryan always desired the most. “Ever since I can remember, I wanted a guitar. My parents always thought it was a phase that I would grow out of. But, it turns out that there were not enough Fisher Price guitars in the world to take the place of the real thing.”

Finally, on his 14th birthday, Ryan’s parents caved in and bought their son his very first guitar. What was born was the accompaniment to his voice that Ryan had always sought. From the moment he began to play the guitar, he seemingly began to write. “I had always sang, but I always had a place in my heart that wanted to play. It turned out that this place in my heart was actually a desire to write.”

Fuelled by influences such as Caedmon’s Call, James Taylor, John Denver, Jim Croce, Chris Rice, Andrew Peterson, and countless other singer/songwriters, Ryan began to explore how he could express the depths of his heart through words and music.

Even more central to his life than his music has always been his faith and belief in Jesus Christ. “It sounds almost cliché, but my faith in Christ truly defines who I am. Without the Grace of God, I would not be able to play, to sing, or to write.” It is the idea of Grace – a Holy and Perfect God making a way for a sinful and imperfect man – that Ryan explores most in his music. “I look at myself, and I know who I am deep down inside. I know the things that I have done and the things that I have seen. I realized early on in my life that I do not deserve any of the things that I been given. Yet, Jesus Christ took it upon himself to make a way where there was none for me and for all who believe. It is unfathomable how or why God would do such a thing for any of us. But, the truth of the matter is that He loves us so much that He did.”

In 1999, Ryan released “The Banks of the Sandy Creek” for Piano Factory Records. Having only played guitar for 3 years, the album showed the promise that the young songwriter possessed. After arriving at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2000, the experiences of his college years would revolutionize Ryan’s vocal, guitar, and songwriting abilities. With that, the fall of 2003 brought the release of Ryan’s first true album titled “One Foot In The Door.”

In August 2009, Ryan headed to Nashville for the first time to work with long-time singer/songwriter Jeremy Casella and some of Nashville’s best musicians to record “Grace – The EP” which was released in December 2009. Since its release, Ryan has continued to grow as a songwriter while pursuing a career as a professional musician. “There is no greater joy for me than sharing my songs and my stories with other people because it is truly what I believe I was created to do.” Where this road will lead, Ryan does not know. But, for him, the journey is the greatest part.

“Ryan Newcomb is a wonderful songwriter. His music is honest and beautiful -- his songs stir the heart and remind you that you are alive.” -Jeremy Casella