With a catchy fusion of acoustic pop and R&B, complimented with smooth vocals and layered harmonies, Toronto singer-songwriter Ryan Flores brings forward that late 1990s early 2000s vibe with his music. He takes complex things we experience in life such as love, friendship, stress and overthinking, and creates simple songs with captivating melodies.
Ryan defines his style as acoustic pop, inspired by the pop and R&B music of the late 1990s and early 2000s, fused with the raw, timeless and mellow sound of the acoustic guitar. Currently, his musical influences are Ben Rector, Tori Kelly, Melissa Polinar, Bryan Adams, and Elton John.
Since 2011, Ryan has been able to secure performance slots at notable Toronto venues such as Yonge-Dundas Square, Harbourfront Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Nathan Phillips Square. Additionally, he has co-produced and co-written a number of songs and albums with other local artists. He collaborated with singer-songwriter and producer Jesse Barrera and one of Canada’s most accomplished recording engineers Alf Annibalini on the production of some of tracks off of his debut album Wayfarer.
Ryan’s artistic mission is “to inspire through creativity, empower through partnership, and encourage through opportunity”. He is currently working on recording and producing his second record. “I wore my heart on my sleeve through my first album Wayfarer,” he says. “This new release is no different, except that it delves even deeper into my mind and the feelings I experience, and I hope others could connect and relate.” Through co-writing and collaboration, he has empowered others to explore the craft of songwriting, while also offering his knowledge in mixing and production. Ryan is actively involved in the Music Committee at University of Toronto’s Hart House, acting as head judge on the school’s singing competition, UofT Idol, and co-hosting a monthly Open Mic Night. He offers himself to these opportunities, hoping to encourage others to hone in on their talents, and share them with the world.
Ryan’s debut album Wayfarer, featuring his single “If Only You Knew”, is now available on all major digital music stores.