Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryann Lecklider.
Ryann, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I suppose I was drawn to Los Angeles just over 13 years ago by a what-if mentality and not much more. My whole life, I only ever wanted to be a singer/artist. But I can’t say I moved here ready to tackle a music career because I couldn’t really hold it in my hands. It always seemed so unrealistic and beyond reach to me, so I pivoted. I started taking acting classes and landed a commercial agent. You know… like all newly minted Angelenos.
After a few years of little success there (shocking, I know!), I met my mentor/vocal coach at a local church and, with his guidance, gave up all other distractions to master the only tool I had at the time–my voice. He helped me discover the power I had there, and I suddenly felt like I had more to say.
So, I started writing songs and was almost immediately partnered up with Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, a non-profit organization focused on putting positive music out into the world. Idle Tuesdays sponsored a 3-track project for me in 2013, and I released THE DETOURS EP in 2014. Since then, I’ve recorded and released 2 other singles–”Don’t Make Me Choose” and Welcome to Reality”–and I’m currently recording my first full-length project, HONEST TO GOD, which I’m super excited about. It’s a collection of pop/soul songs meant to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a vocalist and songwriter, and I create music!
I’d say I write songs mostly for dreamers. To remind listeners (and myself, honestly) to keep going and keep trying. That anything’s possible if you’re willing to keep saying yes. It’s been such a long journey just to be where and who I am right now, and I still have a lot I want to do in this life (even though the music world might say I’ve aged out). There have been so many moments where I could’ve thrown in the towel and moved on to something else, but I have this strange thing inside me that knows making music is why I was put on this earth. Don’t get me wrong–it’s not like I’m not good at other things–I just can’t accept a Plan B. And I want that for other people. If I can infuse a little hope into the world, I’ll feel like I’ve done what I came here to do.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I’ve always said that I just want to make a living in music, which is still true as a basic definition of success. But the longer I do this, the more I realize I really want to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves. I think people are amazing, and we all have something beautiful to contribute to this world. I hope that whoever is listening, if they’ve forgotten how much they have to offer, that I remind them.
I think to be successful, an artist must find his or her voice and trust it. Don’t be swayed by trends or industry insiders. If you’re being authentically honest, then you’re doing your job.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
• Follow/stream on Spotify (or your preferred streaming music service)
• Follow me on Instagram @ryannleck
• Sign up for my newsletter for updates
• Tell your friends!
• And if you’re feeling extra supportive, you can contribute financially to my next album, HONEST TO GOD.
- Website: https://ryannleck.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryannleck/
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4FmSzf5Dq5IqKp5do3QGSb?si=nq2RkLloQtOTy8GtxWlZSQ
Mat Fretschel Photography