"a band [Johnny & The Mongrels] with thoughtful songwriting & a seemingly innate sense of blues rhythm & vibe. Fun, upbeat and full of energy, this is one Colorado band bridging the gap between NOLA and The Rockies in fine style," by DAWN DUNCAN - Northern Colorado Scene Magazine.
"...on the frst release from Fort Collins’ Johnny & The Mongrels, You Ain’t Ready, they somehow breathe fresh life into dirty, swampy blues rock. And they’re from Fort Collins! - JEREMY FLEISCHER - Scene Magazine
“Good songwriting and arrangements makes Audio Chocolate appeal to all music fans”
- Truth in Shredding
"If your ears need a trip to Funkytown, look no further than Johnny Ryan!"
“Johnny is a first class vocalist and songwriter,
whose versatility and skill are matched only by his professionalism."
-Pete Hartley- Professional Violinist
Johnny Ryan is a professional performance vocalist, recording artist, session vocalist and lyricist from Denver Colorado.
Johnny's been immersed in professional music virtually all of his life, even as a small boy, due to the fact that the majority of his family has always been involved in the professional music industry.
He actually started out as a drummer at the age of 7 and could be seen performing with his families various professional projects, wowing the audience with his in-the-pocket chops.
To this day, this tradition lives on with his family. For example, Johnny’s mother is still the lead vocalist of a legendary local rock ‘n roll cover band that performs nightly in the Denver metro area and has for 30 years.
It’s with seasoned veterans like the members of his mom’s band, that he began to mold his talent and performance abilities. Whether he was ready or not, they would have him sit in with the band at the age of 15. Priceless experience that he still calls upon on a daily basis.
As Johnny grew up and became more aware of his true passions in music, he realized his real love was singing. After many failed attempts to try and play drums and sing simultaneously, he decided to take up singing exclusively at age 19 and hasn’t looked back since.
Johnny, your killer vocals and lyrics took my songs to a whole new level! I look forward to working with you again. You are The Man!"
Since 1999, Johnny has been immersed in several live performance projects in the local Colorado music scene. His most recent activity has primarily been with the rock/funk band Stumble Monkey. Fronting Stumble Monkey since 2010, the band has gained local notoriety and have built a large fan base in the state of Colorado and Wyoming. With Stumble Monkey, Johnny has had the privilege of opening for many notable artists such as Kid Rock, .38 Special, Firehouse and The Doobie Brothers, just to name a few.
Johnny is also involved daily with recording guest vocals for other professional projects all over the world through relationships he has created with many esteemed members of the Tom Hess Music Corporation and the Music Careers Mentoring Program (MCMP).
While involved in MCMP and getting the opportunity to meet like-minded professional musicians, Johnny was able to become part of countless projects where he was commissioned to do vocal session work and lyrical composing. Some of his work can be heard on such albums as Paul Tauterouff's 2010 project,“Audio Chocolate,” as well as “Callused” a song Johnny collaborated on with the amazing guitar talents of Pete Lacis and Tom McGrane for the project “Shrouded In Sound; New Guitar Music For A New Decade.” An internationally distributed compilation album with contributing artists from all over the world providing a mixture of instrumental and vocal songs.
Johnny's most recent and most cherished project to date is a collaborative original venture affectionally known as Johnny & The Mongrels. After years of searching for the right people and hoping to play with admired peers, Johnny was finally connected with some of the most accomplished local professionals in Colorado. Most notably, the incomparable singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bostic. The Mongrels project has been described as a New Orleans infused Swamp Funk & Blues experience.
Remarkably, Within 6 months of development, the band was invited to become part of the new groundbreaking SpokesBuzz Springboard Program, directed by Dani Grant (Owner of the world famous Mishawaka Amphitheater). Since accepting that invitation, the band literally "Spring-boarded" into playing highly attended live shows, while also successfully recorded their debut album entitled "You Ain't Ready", that dropped in mid 2016.
Another noteworthy element to Johnny's professional music career has been his previous partnering with the talented producer/drummer Martin "Mojo" Olander from Santa Cruz, CA. Building a state of the art studio and creating MJO Productions in 2011, has enabled Johnny to successfully write and record songs for the movie and television industry. Some of the most notable songs produces by MJO that have been picked up are "Happiness", "Eat Your Breakfast" and "Get What's Coming", which can all be heard right here on the JRM.com Site
Some of Johnny’s major influences include: J.J. Grey, Chris Cornell, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II, Marc Broussard, Robin Trower, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Redding, Al Green & James Brown.
"With Johnny Ryan’s raspy vocals, Rebel is an album highlight.”
- Shred Academy.com
"With the vocal soul of Otis Redding & The instrumental chops of The Meters, Johnny & The Mongrels will sonically transform you to another place where the oysters are fresh and the cornbread is hot!"
- CHRIS WILLIAMS - Shattered Sky Music Group/Chimaera Sound Studios
“Their opening tracks [Johnny & The Mongrels], “You Ain’t Ready” and “Sweet Suga Mama,” wouldn’t be out-of-place on the soundtrack to a 1970s Blaxploitation film. These tracks have funk. They have energy yet are chill at the same time; either of these tracks would start a party in a Richard Linklater film a la Dazed And Confused."
- JAY WALLACE - Bandwagon Magazine
“...the additional color and variety added by the vocals, help this CD to avoid the typical "wall of guitar" sound that many guitarist's solo albums can be.”
"I don't say this much but Johnny is one of the few singers I would play along side, any time, any where.”
- Lee Gattenby- Professional Guitarist