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Hip Hop Composer Joe Ryan III: A Flint, Mi Music Wizard

Hip Hop Composer Joe Ryan III: A Flint, Mi Music Wizard
JOE RYAN III: A Multi-Talented Musical Wizard from Flint, MI
Joe Ryan IIIis a multi-talented music wizard who exudes charisma and confidence reminiscent of Magic Johnson. While Flint, Michigan, has shared its athletes with America, not as much is said about its musical artists. Joe is only in his early 30's now and has had an impressive start to a career in Hollywood. Ryan is an independent Artist, Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Engineer, and D.J.
Joe Ryan IIIreflects his generation by using the ever-changing music and recording technology. He is a Tele-Pixs composer. That is a job description that few claimed just 30 years ago. He has mastered the art of engineering and recording music. He also has a gift that very few musicians come to naturally, the gift of matching song and music with other forms of entertainment.
Joe Ryan III Is Following a Familiar Career Path to The Top
Joe has followed the career path of famous artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Allen Toussaint of New Orleans. Toussaint, America's beloved songwriter, arranger, and record producer, was an influential figure in New Orleans rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the end of the century, described as "one of popular music's great backroom figures." He wrote popular hits that most Americans have listened to hundreds of times. Toussaint wrote songs recorded by other musicians, such as "Southern Nights," "Working in a Coal Mine," and many others.
What most people never realized is that Allen Toussaint was one of the world's most sought-after song writers and producers, working with a Who's Who of stars such as Paul McCartney and Wings, Robert Palmer, Elvis Costello, Patty Labelle, the Band, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Skaggs, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Dr. John, the Pointer Sisters, and John Mayall and many others.
Incredible Success as a Telepix Composer for Television Shows
Joe Ryan III, like Allen Toussaint, has found a way to write music for television shows and movies. Toussaint's music found its way into movies and television shows such as "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013), "Uncle Buck" (1989), "Northern Exposure," "Treme," and "Another Day in Paradise" and "The Righteous Gemstones."
Ryan III has about 40 more years to go to catch up with legendary Allen Toussaint's success. He is well on his way to meeting that high standard of excellence and success.
Joe Ryan III, whose debut in the television business was scoring the theme song for the sixteen-episode season of the Black Entertainment Television's (B.E.T.) "Toya: A Family Affair." He has also created multiple musical scores for B.E.T.'s "Trey Songz: My Moment" docu-series. That is not the wrong way to launch a career in your early 20s!
Joe Ryan III also has composed for Fox television networks' "Lethal Weapon," N.B.C.'s "The Voice," MTV's "The Challenge: Champs Vs. Stars", A.B.C.'s "The Ellen Degeneres Show," Cartoon Network's "Teen Titan's Go!", A.B.C.'s "Dancing With The Stars," talk shows "The Real" & "The Preachers," and more. Joe composed music for ESPN, FOX, A.B.C., and VH1 and became a music supervisor and composer for B.E.T.'s "Hip Hop Sisters." After a successful composing run, he began building his resume as an artist again, landing opportunities of rapping on The Discovery Channel.
Songwriter and Producer Talents Launch R.C.A. Recording Contract and #1 Song
As a producer and songwriter, Joe Ryan III co-wrote and produced Leela James' "Fall for You" title track, which is currently at over 47 million views on YouTube. On James' 2014 album "Fall for You," Joe made his major label feature debut as a recording artist on the record "Save Me," for which he also wrote and produced. He produced four total records on that album and four on soul singer Ledisi's "The Truth" album.
Joe Ryan III initially gained recognition as a recording artist by winning a Milwaukee radio station's "Kiss Icon Contest" of over 600 Artists. He has also performed at SummerFest, certified since 1999 by the Guinness World Records as "The World's Largest Music Festival."
Like Allen Toussaint, Joe's songwriting, production, and engineering earned him work with many famous names in the recording industry. Here are a few well-known artists Joe Ryan III has worked with in his young career: Babyface, Heavy D, Tim & Bob, Joey Bada$$, The Ying Yang Twins, MC Lyte, Ledisi, K.E.M., Teyana Taylor, Fabolous, and Leela James.
Joe Ryan III, again like Allen Toussaint, performs his music as a recording artist. Joe's path as a recording artist has been anything but ordinary. He earned a publishing deal with Sony B.M.G. after its Vice-President heard the song hit single "Fall for You" on the finale of "Dancing With The Stars." His work with Sony B.M.G. went to Japan first and hit the big time there.
Joe's tunes charted in Japan (#5) and the U.S. (#28), with his self-written, produced, mixed, and mastered independent release "1-8-7-9", which is how many miles he drove from the Midwest to Hollywood, CA, living out of his Ford Mustang for seven months.
Japan music stores introduced "Joe Ryan 1-8-7-9 Listen First Kiosks" that would showcase not only his album but also the releases of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, August Alsina, Eric Bellinger, Eric Benet & more. The Japan-charting record "All I Want Is You" from the album is also being used on Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans Go!
Joe Ryan's Musical Career Started in a Flint Church
At 32 years of age, Joe Ryan III already had a remarkable music career. He learned about music and performing at a young age in his grandfather's church in Flint, Michigan. He eventually learned to play the drums at the church, performing with his grandmother, Odessa Houston, now 92 years old. He recorded the song "Flint, Michigan" with his grandmother while she sang on the telephone. The result was a fascinating combination of hip-hop and spiritual song mixed. The song is about the Flint Water Crisis and Joe's frustration with how long it has taken to fix the problem of poisoned drinking water.
For those from Flint,Joe Ryan IIIattended Anderson Elementary School and later attended Flint Southwestern Academy. He eventually went to Tiffin College, where he played on a basketball scholarship. He eventually left college to pursue his dream of being in the music business. He drove to Atlanta, Georgia, and then found his way to Hollywood, California.
In a profile article on Joe in My City Magazine, Joe speaks passionately about his connection to Flint, Michigan, "Flint made me who I am today. I try to mimic the city's resiliency. It's the strongest place in America," he continues. "It's a badge of honor that I wear. I think it's one of the best places to live to build strength and creativity."
Joe Ryan's success is a point of pride for the people of the Flint area. Hispodcast interviewwith Radio Free Flint has been one of the most listened-to podcasts in our catalog. He has a loyal fan base in Flint and clearly in Hollywood among the television and movie producers. Let us hope Joe continues his stellar career and someday joins the legendary Allen Toussaint in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is well on his way to earning an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, or an Emmy Award.Joe Ryan III, you make Flint, Michigan, enormously proud.