Former Singer ∙ Lyricist ∙ Poet | Forever Christian
Who the heck is Ryan Graves?
Well... sort of a male... Christian... Alanis Morissette. *checks notes* Yeah that's it.
I started my musical career as a Seattle-area Christian rock and pop singer in 1993, and officially retired from performing in 2023.
I spent the better part of 1995 through 2001 touring the Seattle-area, performing, and presenting my debut CD Servant, which was composed of 10 original songs and 1 cover tune, along with my sophomore CD-in-the-works Life. I came roaring back in 2010 with Captive, and again in 2022, which saw me releasing two new albums in 2023. First, I released Legacy: a collection of 17 of my greatest works of all times, 3 of which were newly recorded. And most recently, I released Human: a self-produced breakthrough album for me containing 9 brand new songs and 2 re-recordings.
My music is very eclectic, with clear influences from the likes of Alanis Morissette, Eric Champion, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Brandon Lake, Imagine Dragons, Gavin DeGraw, Rebecca St. James, Stryper, PFR and so many more. I'm a rock, pop, and spoken word artist with music that is peppy, fun, and sometimes campy, but always honest and vulnerable. I primarily sing about the human condition, and the rescue that we have in Jesus Christ.
I am utterly in awe of where God has taken me, and the fact that He has repaid me for the years that the locusts have eaten. Thank you, Father, for your redemptive power. I love you. And to all of you who have supported me on any part of my musical journey, which is now over, thank you from my heart.
I loved songwriting and presenting music: it was enormously and immeasurably satisfying. I have had tremendous support over the years on this artistic odyssey, as well as people looking to revisit some of these recordings, of which there were hundreds. I made memories both good and bad. God oversaw all of it, and loved me on the peaks and in the valleys. By His grace alone, I have been given a gift, and I wanted to share it. May this site serve as a commemoration of what God was able to do in and through me, for His glory, for His gain, and for my growth. I love you Jesus.
I performed and shared at over 100 Seattle-area venues, including just some of the following: Antioch Bible Church, Bellevue Christian School, Camp Berachah, Cascade Christian School, Cedar Park Christian Church, Central Christian Church, Club Cristo, Coal Creek Chapel, Crista Camps, Dayspring Fellowship in Oregon, Eastside Christian Church, Echo Glen, Edmonds Church of God, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen Christian Fellowship, Family Life Community Church, Hopefest Northwest Festival, Kent Christian Center, King’s Jr & Sr High School, Lake Sawyer Christian Church, Lake Tapps Christian Church, Mill Creek Foursquare, Mt. Calvary Christian Church, Monroe Community Chapel, Neighborhood Christian Church, New Bridge Community Church, New Horizon Christian Church, Northshore Christian Church, Northwest College, Puget Sound Christian College, River of Life Fellowship, Seattle Christian Schools, Snohomish County Christian School, South Lakeshore Christian Church, Valley Christian School, and more. I was featured in Cedar Park Christian Church's Artist Spotlight Contest and appeared several times on Seattle's Spirit 105.3 FM's airplay as well as an interview at a few other Christian radio stations in the Pacific NW. I was privileged to open for the likes of David Shelton and Aaron∙Jeoffrey in concert. I got to partner with the likes of Brett Williams of InReach.
In mid-2000, in the middle of production on my second album, Life (originally titled More Than This), I had made some very poor life choices and subsequently dropped out of the scene, taking a hiatus after undergoing some personal trials that required some heavy introspection and soul-searching. I entered my "Hebrew sheol" after being laid low, and even a tragic suicide attempt. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and he had pulled out all the stops with me. But God wasn't done with me yet, and I needed to clear my head and heart. Well, I came back: older, and perhaps, wiser. And God has repaid me for the years that the locusts have destroyed (Joel 2:25). I am REDEEMED by the blood of the The Lamb. AMEN!
In 2009, with the help of longtime friend and bandmate Paul Racey, I began work on Captive: another eclectic and powerful CD featuring 15 great songs that speak about living life to the fullest, identifying with pain and overcoming it, and recognizing that life is a journey to be learned from. My songs from Captive, released in 2010, are humbly honest, passion-filled and brimming with pathos.
2011 through 2022 saw me falling in love, getting married, and starting my wonderful family with my wife Janine, and our sons. I became a husband and a daddy, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
And then, in the fall of 2022 I answered another short-lived call to return to music: April of 2023 saw me release Legacy, commemorating 30 years in music.
Then, following right on its coattails, on 9.11.23 I released my first self-produced album, Human. It was the first time I was able to see a project from start to finish with me in the captain's chair, and might I say it's a fine listen, and I'm more than pleased with how it turned out.
It was my intent to share through song the journey I walked through, which included painful lessons of soul-searching and eradicating image management, along with the pervasive and persistent hope that carried me through: grace through Jesus Christ. Rather than languishing in and remaining captive to addiction and questioning, I have chosen to embrace captivity to Christ, to continually seek freedom from the webs of this world that so easily entangle, and to run with perseverance the race marked out for me. I chose to celebrate the victory and accomplishment that comes with moving through difficulties, in the power of Jesus Christ. Some will never understand that, and judgment and assumptions abound. Indeed, "man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart." (1 Sam 16:7). Thank you Lord.
Myself, and those who surrounded me in my albums and concerts, believe in the redemptive and restorative power of a second-chance-giving God, and intended nothing more than to celebrate this journey through song. GLORY TO GOD. I am constantly reminded of:
- Hebrews 6:10: "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them."
- Malachi 4:2: "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall."
- Joel 2:25: "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten."
- 1 Corinthians 6:11: "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
- Romans 8:38-39: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
AMEN! God loves us with an everlasting love, despite ourselves, and He is the Great Liberator. PRAISE HIS NAME FOREVER.
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Seattle Christian Rock Singer
On March 10th, 2012, I married the love of my life, Janine Marie Wilson. My life is forever changed, our family is complete with two beautiful kiddos, and I cannot praise God enough. I am forever grateful, and give thanks to my Lord Jesus Christ for every blessing...and for redemption. Joel 2:25
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