About Ryan Thomas Smelle

Ryan Thomas Smelle is a singer/songwriter that has been playing in and around the Niagara Region for over 20 years.  He is often found performing solo as ‘Ryan Thomas Smelle’ or as a duo/trio under the name the ‘Ryan Thomas Band’.  His music crosses many genres and includes acoustic, folk, pop, rock, country and adult contemporary.  Ryan will liven up any venue with his charismatic performing and interactive crowd engagement all while providing some ear pleasing melodies. Ryan’s passion for creating his own original works has re-emerged after a hiatus from the music scene to take care of issues with his young and growing family.  He is now the proud father of two.  These personal experiences have helped Ryan to grow emotionally and creatively as a song-writer helping him to offer heartfelt lyrics and soulful songs. Ryan is open to a variety of cover performances, as well, playing hits from the 60’s to today in a variety of genres. Enjoy Ryan Thomas Smelle’s new style of songwriting on all streaming platforms, or dive into his older pop rock catalogue, on the website, to experience his songwriting evolution.  You can also catch him at a venue near you and enjoy some engaging family friendly music that will make you tap your foot and move along.

ABOUT THE SONG: “Shame Shame” – out on January 17th

“Shame Shame” is the fourth single from the album In The Homestretch, as well as the leadoff single from Songbird Sessions: Volume I
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“It’s exhausting to see how everyone seems close minded to others’ own religious beliefs. “Shame Shame” is a little bit of a rant to practice what you preach. It’s OK to have a difference of opinion and still be respectful and kind. 

I was noodling around on a guitar that was tuned down a whole step and came up with these strange sounding chords.  The lyrics fell into place quickly and took a life of their own. I thought I’d record it as a live jam for SSOS (Songbird Sessions on Sundays), but just picked up a guitar tuned normally to play the root chords.  All it took was one take and voila. I listened back and was shocked at how raw and straightforward it was.  There is a drive to the manner in which I played it that I can’t quite repeat, and it is oddly timed in the breaks that there is no way to add a rhythm or percussion part. So I kept it as is and it definitely works.  (It has been mentioned to me on several occasions that this tune is a favourite off of ‘In The Homestretch’). ” – Ryan Thomas Smelle

About the live album, Songbird Sessions: Volume I:
“Songbird Sessions On Sundays (SSOS) was an idea I had to push myself to become more familiar with recording as I was a newbie to it having built my own studio during the pandemic. 

The rules are simple, I give myself one hour to record, mix and edit the video.  This often leads to it being done in one take, off the floor and very raw with imperfections.  This can be my own take on a cover tune or an original I was working on.  I’m coming up on 2 years (104 videos), so lots of videos to choose from of all genres. 

The idea of making a live album occurred when all of sudden I had 8 originals that lended nicely as support to my ‘In The Homestretch’ album with 5 songs being alternate versions.  I spent some time mastering each track but stuck to the rule of not adding anything new to the track that wasn’t there from the original session. 

The audio-visual album was just the next extension and links all the videos together in one large format. I added the lyrics to each and this pays homage to following the bouncing ball sing along kids videos from back in the day.” – Ryan Thomas Smelle

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