Canadian singer/songwriter Tanya Ryan is thrilled to announce this week’s release of her new single and music video, “My Heart Song”.
“My Heart Song” – Ryan’s inspirational self-love ballad, which is produced by Mark Troyer – is the lead single from her new album, Open, coming February 20th.
The first new single release since her Top 3 finish in 2017’s Project WILD Artist Development Project, “My Heart Song” follows a period of deep transformation for the Okotoks, Alberta native.
“I went through a period of depression in which I felt really lost and isolated. This song came from the smallest voice that reminded me there is a force greater than ourselves that can support and guide us if we choose to reach for it. It was the final song written for Open, and I chose to release it as the first single because it is the most vulnerable and real. My intention moving forward in life and in music is to be entirely transparent. This was the most honest first step,” says Ryan.
Ryan’s new music marks an artistic shift as well. Known for her country sound on her 2014 EP Simple As That and at many live shows like the Calgary Stampede and the Big Valley Jamboree, the CCMA Discovery alumnus and ACMA-nominated artist has adopted a “country crossover” style for Open that also integrates roots and pop elements.
Joining “My Heart Song” on the album are five other tracks written by Ryan: the empowering life fulfilment anthem “Almost Famous”, the assertive love ballad “I Want You” (co-written with Steve Mitchell in Nashville), the unapologetic tongue-in-cheek pop-funk track “So. Damn. Good”, the contemplative ballad of relationship exploration “Love Like That”, and “Dimes” – a heartfelt ballad about a late mother’s wishes on her son’s wedding day.
Ultimately for Ryan, Open is an authentic expression and exploration of love in its many forms.
The soon-to-be mom says, “In my own life, I wanted to understand the expressions, facets, and nuances of love – love observed by a romantic partner, sexual love, mother’s love, self-love, and a love of one’s ambitious pursuits. This album represents my own understanding of love.”
Tanya Ryan will support these releases with several Canadian shows in Alberta.