New Artist Spotlight: Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin, this week's New Artist Spotlight, has been making a name for himself in the country music scene as an incredible songwriter for years, but just recently released his own solo project. Griffin is a Florida native whose parents instilled a love for country music in him at an early age. After listening to classics like George Straight, it was a no brainer to Griffin that he was determined to make his passion for music a career. He moved to Nashville right out of high school to attend Belmont University to begin the pursuit of his dreams. An opportunity to intern with Broken Bow Records eventually led to him becoming Jason Aldean's tour manager.

Griffin decided he didn't want his music to take a backseat; so while finishing his degree at Belmont, he spent his time writing and playing gigs around Nashville. It wasn't until he actually began writing music that he found his own artistry and voice. He stated on his website “I don't know if you can figure out who you are as an artist until you put pen to paper." Pen to paper is what led him into a writing session with some of the best writers in Nashville to co-write Kelsea Ballerini's No. 1 song “Dibs" alongside Ballerini, Josh Kerr and Jason Duke.

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Working in these different areas eventually led Griffin to step out on his own with the release of his first EP, Sake Of The Summer, earlier this year. The five-track EP includes his lead single “Back Seats & Burnt CDs," co-written with Kerr as well. His new music is authentic and genuine, just like him. “My whole life is about being transparent and being real," says Griffin. “Music needs to be honest, or I don't want to represent it. All I've wanted to do was make music that's true to who I am…authentic…that I can stand onstage and be proud to sing."

Check out the official “Back Seats & Burnt CDs" video below and purchase his EP on iTunes.