Ryan Hicks is an alt-pop, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Regina,Saskatchewan. He has over 20 years of experience in music performance, and holds both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Music Education. Throughout his career he has released three full length albums, and released his fourth record, Experience, on March 24th, 2023. Hicks has been featured on SiriusXM and CBC radio, and has charted on campus radio across Canada. He has toured extensively throughout Western Canada, and has showcased at notable festivals including Breakout West and Gateway Music Festival.
Hicks adopted an early interest in music, which was heavily encouraged by his parents. He particularly recalls his dad’s vinyl collection far surpassing the demarcated shelves. As a teenager, Hicks learned to read music and played trombone with his school band. He borrowed his dad’s Beatles sheet music, and taught himself every song he could on guitar, bass, and drums. At the University of Regina he studied classical music, where he took voice lessons and learned composition. He sang tenor with the university’s chamber choir, winning the title of “Chamber Choir of the World” in 1997, and spent 17 years performing with a Celtic Pop group.
Hicks’ forthcoming release, Experience, was recorded over a five day span with Jonathan Anderson at Protection Island in Vancouver, BC. Jonathan also engineered the record, and was the producer. Experience is a deeply personal and cinematic record that reflects the
ups and downs of three years throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Hicks’ songwriting captures stark emotions that he exemplifies through visceral storytelling layered over spirited, twangy, melodies. He cites his primary influences as Fleet Foxes, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney.