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Article By John Duffy
MyRuralRadio.com Contributing Writer


It’s rare that being a jock leads you to take up music, but then there is Ryan Peters. “I was always an athlete in high school. I guess I had the itch for music, but I never followed up on it,” he says. Until college. At East Stroudsburg University a fellow volleyball player taught him a few chords and even loaned him her guitar. He immediately started coming up with tunes. He has since released two full-length discs of original material.

Peters grew up near York, spent some time living in Hawaii, Annapolis, and recently moved back near Allentown, where he is a fifth-grade teacher. That frequent mobility figured into both the mood and the title of his first album, “Uprooted,” produced by Mark Nash (Sixpense None the Richer, Tonic).

The track pulled from that disc, “Home” is, according to Peters, really about being homesick. Its bright and heartfelt album-oriented pop that keeps lifting your spirits long after it stops playing, even if it’s a song about wrestling with loneliness of a kind.


“Every time we moved we had to get used to a new place, and moving every three years or so, it never quite felt like home,” he says. Eventually, a move back to Pennsylvania with his wife and one-year old son was motivated in part to be near family. “We want him to grow up near his grandparents.”

Peters may have settled down for good, but in “Home” he offers a different way of thinking about home. “You are never really far away from home…” he sings. For Peters, finding home was about realizing the notion is not necessarily about a place, but the love of people: those you meet and those you take with you in your heart. “I realized it’s not so much about four walls but about being in a place with people you love.”

Both “Uprooted” (produced by Mark Nash) and “Live Love Grow” (produced by Dustin Burnett) are available at his website for $5.99 each. Peters plans shows in the region this summer, and will be hosting a writers in the round session May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Mcungie Institute. Macungie is where Peters and his family now call home…so maybe it’s time to dump the Honolulu cell phone number.

For MORE, please visit www.ryanpetersmusic.com


LIVE, GROW, LOVE
by Ryan Peters
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"Ryan Peters is his own unique singer and songwriter with a little bit of pop, a little bit of rock, and a whole lot of heart. Original writing, great singing, and charm combine to make Ryan a welcome addition to any music scene.”

Laura Donohue, vocal coach

"Ryan is a great performer and captivates an audience with his melodic hooks, emotional lyrics and all around well written songs.”

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