Ryan Kinder was born in Knoxville, Tenesee, and was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He put his first band together in high school and continued to pursue his passion while attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After two years of traveling back and forth between Alabama and Music City to chase his dream, he finally quit school and moved to Nashville, where he could pursue his craft full time.
The Nashville creative community took notice soon after Kinder arrived. Executives with Warner Music Nashville were already scouting him when he played at the annual CMA Music Festival, where the crowd tripled in size during Kinder’s set. Warner Nashville President/CEO John Esposito liked what he saw and signed Kinder shortly after.