In a world where audiences are hungry for authentic narratives, look no further than Canada’s Tanya Ryan.
Charming and often disarming, Tanya channels her experiences to speak to our inner romantic while delivering a bold and empowering message through her writing, music, and personal pursuits.
A country crossover artist who seamlessly integrates roots and pop elements to modern country tones, Tanya paints a life canvas with her music – blending meaningful lyrics with captivating melodies in an effort to create a deeper understanding of love, and a connection between individuals and their own heart.
Between Tanya’s new single “My Heart Song” and her new album, Open, it’s an adventurous start to a new decade for this boho-clad amazon.
Hi Tania and welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine! We are really excited to support you in this new exciting release. Tell us everything about it.
Hey, thank you so much for having me here to chat!
Your support is truly appreciated.
I released a single called “My Heart Song” in January which content deals with overcoming mental health challenges, and my album “Open” came out more recently on February 20th.
It’s a 6-song album with a collection of various sounds and styles – all connected by an underlying theme of love.
It was sort of a happy accident but when I was putting the project together I noticed that each song represented various perspectives and angles on love: romantic love, self-love, mother’s love, a love for what you do…
it kind of all just fell together in the happiest of accidents.
Are you excited about this album launch?
Tremendously. I’m so proud of this project, it took a long time for me to get it assembled.
Midway through the project, I lost my voice for a year and a half… so there’s much of this that I’ve been waiting to get out for over 2 years.
I’m so, SO excited to finally have the chance for it to soar out into the public.
It feels incredibly liberating.
What is the process you use to create your music?
I don’t have a strict or consistent process per se. I think the only thing that I’ve really committed to in the more recent years is to approach my creativity with the perspective of allowing it to run through me.
Not to pursue it, or control it, but rather be in a collaboration with the ideas and allow them to uncover themselves as organically as possible.
And what about your music video?
I’m so happy with how the music video for “My Heart Song” turned out! I had so much help from my community.
Everyone in that video is someone that lives within 30 minutes of my house (just so we’re on the same page, that’s really close in Canada).
I love that my community and friends were so willing to jump on board to make that video a success.
My videographer – Fedele Arcuri – is so talented, and he’s always been amazing at bringing my ideas to life. I’m really grateful to him for how this came together.
What are your favourite artists and/or composers?
There are so many! Ray Charles for sure. He’s been a favourite of mine for so long. I love David Ramirez, Jason Isbell… and I’m very much obsessed with Taylor Swift. It’s borderline unhealthy, actually.
Do they have anything in common?
I feel that each of them has a true and authentic understanding of who they are as a creator. None of them are trying to be anything outside of who they are. And then they do that, be that, and express that with conviction and honesty.
How did they influence your style & sound?+
It helps me to remember to dig into who I am as an artist. We live in this industry that naturally and daily compares one artist to the next – how often am I asked: “Who do you sound like?” – we do this to understand, to categorize – it’s logical human behaviour… but when you’re the artist and you’re trying to uncover your own identity…
It can become confusing and derail your individuality train a bit. I look to people who so clearly know who they are, and it helps me to remember to keep coming back to who I am – and to be her, because no one else can be.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
Well. Other than releasing music for the first time in three years (which is pretty bleeping exciting) – I’m also nearly 8 months pregnant… so that’s kind of a trip.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Well. I’m going to have a baby. So that’s like, a pretty big deal for me. I’m terrified and I keep asking if there are any other exit options outside of the traditional methods. So far no luck on that, but I’ll keep you posted.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
It’s a brilliant concept really! I mean, it’s incredibly smart to be able to have a web-social space where industry members can connect.
It’s like Tinder for the music industry! We can all find what we need for the night – or perhaps build a more committed relationship if all goes well.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Thanks for the good chats!