Hi there. My name is Ryan Calder. I’m an artist and musician, and my goal is to bring people together through my art and my music.

This is me and my wife Tamlyn. We’ve been married since 2006. She’s an amazing wife, mother and friend and works as a high school drama teacher.

Tam and I met in a theatre show that we were working on together. She was singing and performing and I was part of the band. Her version when she walked in and saw me sitting behind the piano was, “Uh oh, here comes trouble!”

She was 100% correct.

This is my tribe: Rachel, Adam and Zoe. Biased as I am, they’re awesome. And they inspire me.

And this is me, in my happy place, at home in my mini “studio”.

Over time I’ve been inspired by many great artists and wondered, “Where do their songs come from?”

Most artists say: “From all of my day-to-day activities.”

But what do those activities look like? What is your context? What does your world look like and sound like? More about that in a minute…

I started playing music in high school. As a drummer, believe it or not.

Guitar and vocals came later as I plyed my wares through university. During this time, I penned and recorded my debut album, Better Days.

In 2007, I performed for the third time at Splashy Fen, but now under the conspicuous pseudonym of the “Ryan Calder Band” with my fellow band mates.

In 2010, my second album On The Edge made its way to the marketplace. It was a lot of work writing and producing that album, but I was happy with the content and message in the songs, which is ultimately what I am about.

In 2011, I won an International Songwriting Competition and I travelled to Barcelona, Spain to attend the Future Music Forum. All the major label representatives were there to talk about where the industry was heading.

I remember having a conversation with one rep from the UK who came up to me and said, “You must be Ryan?”

“How did you know?” I replied, very surprised.

“You’re the only muso here. I always look for which musos are in attendance among the business dudes.”

I liked that.

After numerous performances and continuous writing, my brother and I embarked on duo tour along the East coast of South Africa in 2013. We played six shows which were small, but nothing short of amazing. I remember that particular tour fondly.

In 2015, with two dozen new songs, we launched the House Concert Series. By now, I was performing with a wider range of people and collaborating almost on-the-spot with talented musicians which gave each show its own distinct flavour. I lost count of how many shows we played that year, but it cemented again my desire to connect with people through music and art, to inspire and encourage communities with a message of hope.

In 2020, amidst the global pandemic and worldwide lockdown, I released my third album: The Great Deep. The project’s focus was to combine my love of the arts (music, cartoons, animation and photography) into a message that inspires, encourages and entertains people young and old.

Back to that idea about where inspiration comes from. After two years of soul searching, we decided as a family that it was time for an adventure. At the beginning of 2022, I started a vlog to capture the moments we often forget as family. It was a form of journaling, and you can follow it on my YouTube channel.

In August 2022, we travelled to southeast Asia to work and travel, and create some songs along the way as part of the new project, Clan 24.

If you like what you see and hear and would like to donate to help continue this work getting produced, there is also a subscription option on Patreon which also gets you exclusive content as well as everything a week earlier than the general public.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please drop me an e-mail – I would love to hear from you!

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  1. Your journey has been full of integrity and is an inspiration to me. I enjoy the common lessons that life has taught us as we have walked our very different paths that are somehow punctuated by similarities.

    The Great Deep is on many of my playlists and they are always a good experience. Thanks so much!

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