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 JIM RYAN

Vocals, Bass guitar and keyboards

Jim is classically trained on piano, complete with theory/harmony via the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
He started playing piano at age 3, guitar at age 6, and bass at age 8. Since age 9, he’s played in bands.


Additionally, throughout his elementary and high school years, Jim played a wide variety of brass and woodwind instruments. 

 

At age 14, he started playing professionally in a small-town nightclub, as well as for corporate functions.

While living in Vancouver, Jim started honing his studio experience by playing bass and keyboards for jingle work and demo sessions for various artists.

 

He was soon picked up to work on sessions with artists such as Doug Bennett (solo album), Idle Eyes, Payolas, and Jim Foster. Jim toured with Jim Foster in support of Loverboy and Mister Mister. He then joined the Patricia Conroy band for four years of performing, touring, and recording. Along the way, Jim played with Johnny Depp (21 Jump Street years) and Debby Harry.

In 1996, Jim joined the Cruzeros. They toured extensively and recorded the second and third albums together. Jim stayed with the Cruzeros until 2005 when he and Rachel formed the band Steelwater. Together they explored different sides of country and country rock music.