Atlantic Records Welcomes John The Blind

Atlantic Records Welcomes John The Blind

John The Blind marks the latest solo endeavor by songwriter/producer John Henry Ryan II. Arriving today via Atlantic Records is his infectious falsetto-driven debut release "Two Months," anchored by gentle piano plinks and juxtaposed with staccato electro stabs. Self-produced and penned, the autobiographical piece was inspired by a long-distance relationship's eight-week intense period of uncertainty.

Ask John The Blind, and he'll tell you he's had one true identity: recording artist. Raised in Rochester, NY, the young musician turned to music as his refuge. By the time he graduated from Berklee College of Music, he became infatuated with the Beatles and was writing and creating in a thriving community of other passionate musicians. After moving to LA in his early twenties, recognition and success followed as he became one of pop music's most in-demand songwriters with chart topping singles for artists such as Harry Styles, Maroon 5, John Legend and Niall Horan. However, he always knew it was a matter of when - not if - he would unveil his own material and jumpstart his future as a solo artist. "I didn't feel like I was exercising my whole creative muscle," he says of the years spent principally writing songs for other artists, and simultaneously penning what became John The Blind songs in the evening hours. "I still had stuff that I needed to get off my chest, and I needed to go do it or else I was gonna freak out."

Putting himself in such a vulnerable position is a hardly frightening proposition for Ryan. In fact, the singer, who plans to release his debut EP and tour in 2019, says being front-and-center via John the Blind is exactly how he prefers it. It's this uninhibited, enthused approach to his craft that has shaped the John The Blind project. Or, as the musician sees it, the coming months represent the culmination of a multi-decade musical journey that's been nothing short of a dream fulfilled.

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