Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike Ryan made his Opry debut this week fulfilling a major career milestone. Surrounded by members of his family and closest friends, Mike took the Opry stage and performed two of his previously released songs ‘Dear Country Music’ and ‘Damn Good Goodbye.’
Following his performance, Mike said, “This is an incredible night. So many of my friends came out to support me. My family and my two sons are in the audience and it’s hard not to get emotional. I’m honored to be on this stage where so many Country music legends and artists have performed. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and to be a part of this tradition.”
Mike first learned of his invitation to debut at the Opry when his two sons Myles and MJsurprised him with the news at his home in Granbury, Texas. Both boys were in attendance for the special occasion.
Mike’s Opry debut follows the release of his highly-anticipated album Longcut, available now. Mike’s Opry debut and his new album mark a decade of building his career independently as a singer-songwriter with songs that have garnered 275 million streams.
Collaborating with major label artists including Brad Paisley and Brandy Clark, Mike’s craft as a songwriter earned him a Top 20 hit as a co-writer on Brad Paisley’s “Last Time For Everything” and Paisley reciprocated with a shredding guitar solo on Mike’s previously released song “The Rewrite.” Mike’s new album Longcut includes songs co-written by him and a roster of hit-making writers including Hillary Lindsey, Phil Vassar, Josh Thompson, Brandy Clark and more.
If Mike Ryan is a new name for you, why not check him out on this playlist that we’ve made that reflects his live setlist, there’s no better way when getting to know a new artist than getting a feel for what they play live: