By: Staff –
Calgary-based singer-songwriter Tanya Ryan is back with her new album called Open, which arrives on February 20th. Want a sneak peak? Stream the album in full exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
For the album, Ryan has adopted a “country crossover” style that touches on roots and pop elements to go along with her country foundation. The album is an exploration of the different facets, nuances, and expressions of love – love observed by a romantic partner, sexual love, mother’s love, self-love, and a love of one’s ambitious pursuits.
Ryan says, “In my own life, I wanted to understand the expressions, facets, and nuances of love – love observed by a romantic partner, sexual love, mother’s love, self-love, and a love of one’s ambitious pursuits. This album represents my own understanding of love.”
Open comes after a period of deep transformation for the Okotoks, Alberta native, which is most apparent in the album’s newly-released lead single, “My Heart Song”.
“I went through a period of depression in which I felt really lost and isolated. This song came from the smallest voice that reminded me there is a force greater than ourselves that can support and guide us if we choose to reach for it. It was the final song written for Open, and I chose to release it as the first single because it is the most vulnerable and real. My intention moving forward in life and in music is to be entirely transparent. This was the most honest first step,” says Ryan.
Ryan’s new music marks an artistic shift as well. Known for her country sound on her 2014 EP Simple As That and at many live shows like the Calgary Stampede and the Big Valley Jamboree, the CCMA Discovery alumnus and ACMA-nominated artist has adopted a “country crossover” style for Open that also integrates roots and pop elements.
In keeping with this new creative direction, Open features six tracks written by Ryan.
Joining the aforementioned self-love opus, “My Heart Song” are the empowering life fulfilment anthem “Almost Famous”, the assertive love ballad “I Want You” (co-written with Steve Mitchell in Nashville), the unapologetic tongue-in-cheek pop-funk track “So. Damn. Good”, the contemplative ballad of relationship exploration “Love Like That”, and the heartfelt ballad about a late mother’s wishes on her son’s wedding day “Dimes”.
For Ryan – a soon-to-be mom herself – Open is an authentic expression and exploration of love in its many forms.