The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping, unmistakable baritone that drives his gloriously-crafted songwriting.
The Melbourne Art-folk artist blends intrigue and intimacy in his acclaimed debut album Running, released in April 2018 via Barely Dressed Records. Recorded across New York and Melbourne, Running is a standout debut from an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath.
Ryan has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with his mesmerising stage presence following national and international tours supporting artists like Marlon Williams, Emma Louise, Sarah Blasko and Tiny Ruins. He’s sold out headline shows, performed at MONA, Falls Festival, The Melbourne Recital Centre, BIGSOUND and more.
Running was long-listed in the 2018 Australian Music Prize and Ryan was the recipient of the 2018 Upstart Award. He is currently writing his new record.
“Downey’s seductive baritone can melt steel beams, so it will turn your knees to butter, guaranteed – ★★★★1/2” – The Music
“Terrifyingly beautiful…Downey has a soul, serenity and talent with which few are born.” – The Daily Indie, Netherlands
“A voice that will not be compared to any other.” – Rocknfool, France
“Ryan Downey plays by his own rules on Running – a completely compelling debut.” – Happy Mag
“One of the best voices in the country.” – Triple J Unearthed
“There aren’t many artists who defy expectation, but Ryan Downey is one of those people” – Double J