Ryan Hamilton

Growing up in the heart of a music loving state like Texas, it would have been hard for acoustic singer songwriter Ryan Hamilton to avoid being exposed and eventually fall in love with music. Even as young as eight years old, whilst traveling in his Dad’s truck listening to John Cougar Mellencamp, the music bug had already bitten. Once he discovered The Eagles, with their unbelievable musicianship and vocal harmonies, the young Hamilton realized that music was a journey he wanted to take.

Initially tasting nationwide success with the indie folk band SMILE SMILE, Hamilton found himself signed to a record label and out on the road supporting several successful album releases. Their track ‘Sad Song’ received a nomination for ‘Best Folk Song in the Los Angeles Independent Music Awards’ and the band was nominated for ‘Best USA Artist’ in the Toronto Independent Music Awards. It was whilst performing at the South by SouthWest Festival in 2010, that Ryan met Jaret Reddick (front man for pop rock band Bowling For Soup). The pair struck up an unlikely friendship, which led to both bands heading out on tour with Reddick and Hamilton deciding to write songs together. The instant chemistry, and mutually similar influences growing up, led to the formation of PEOPLE ON VACATION.

The unfortunate demise of SMILE SMILE, gave both Hamilton and Reddick time to focus fully on their new project. PEOPLE ON VACATION was growing at an incredibly fast pace due to them embracing social media, crowd funding and online concerts which allowed the band to be continually in touch with their fan base all over the world. In the short time POV have been together they have already released three full length albums, an EP and toured the UK on several occasions.

Ryan continued to write and record material on his own while also showcasing his other artistic talent of painting. Already his unique abstract pop culture paintings have attracted attention from the world famous Thomas Crown Art Gallery who have recently commissioned several of his works.

Ryan recently finished recording his debut solo album, entitled 'Hell Of A Day'. The album is full of infectious melodies and showcases Hamilton's skills as a world class songwriter. Though he's been at it in one form or another, for several years now, 'Hell Of A Day' marks a new chapter and a new beginning. Hamilton really shines on his solo debut and the sky seems to be the limit for this "up and coming" artist.

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