Ryan Laird has been turning heads across Canada for quite some time. After two Canadian Country Music Award nominations and a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination, his video in the Top 10 on the CMT Chevy Top 20 Countdown, and a tour with George Canyon, Emerson Drive, and Alan Jackson, Laird signed a record deal with On Ramp/EMI Music Canada, and does not plan on slowing down anytime soon. With his singles “I’m Your Man”, “Girl Crazy”, and “Where Do I Go”, featuring Leah Daniels receiving regular airplay, and music videos in regular rotation on CMT, Laird is quickly making a name for himself in the Canadian Country music scene.
After living in Nashville for several years, Laird decided it was time to take his music to the masses. He took a unique route and decided to spend his life savings on a billboard on Music Row appealing to Taylor Swift to produce his album. A short month later, he’d appeared on major media outlets across North America, and Swift herself commented on Ryan’s talent in an E! News interview. “I listened to one of his songs and absolutely fell in love with it, and I think he’s got great melodies and he’s a great writer. I think he could be really great and be huge, so it’ll be really cool to maybe work with him!”
On April 20, Laird is arriving in Nova Scotia to a jam packed schedule of radio interviews, live performances, and school seminars in which he will speak to the youth of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick about his experiences with bullying at a young age. Laird is very passionate about sharing his experience with bullies, and discussing how he overcame the bullying period of his life to go on and successfully pursue his ambitions. He even wrote a song about his experience with bullying called, “Hey Ashley”. Laird says, “There is a large anti-bullying movement in schools right now. No child should have to complain about not wanting to go to school due to a bully. I’m hoping to motivate as many kids as I can to never stop chasing their dreams and never let a bully stand in your way of success and happiness in life!”
Ryan’s tour will be stopping in Sydney to play at Governors Pub and Eatery on Sunday, April 21.