RyanDan

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RyanDan
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Background information
Born (1979-12-05) December 5, 1979 (age 34)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, opera
Years active 2006–present
Labels Universal Classics and Jazz
Associated acts B4-4
Website ryandan.com
Members Ryan Kowarsky
Dan Kowarsky

RyanDan (born December 5, 1979) is a Canadian musical, songwriting and producing duo, consisting of identical twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky, whose music is a mix of pop, opera, and classical.

They were originally part of the boy band b4-4 (renamed Before Four for European later releases) that also included Ohad Einbinder. They later on worked as a vocal duo as RyanDan. They have also produced for a number of mainly Canadian artists including Blake McGrath, Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Tyler Medeiros, Mia Martina and Massari and others.

Beginnings[edit]

Identical twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky were born December 5, 1979. The youngest of five children in a Jewish family, they grew up in the Thornhill neighbourhood north of Toronto. Their father, Paul, a South African who attended King David Linksfield (a Jewish day school in Johannesburg, South Africa), is a talented operatic singer who frequently sang as a cantor in synagogues both in South Africa and after immigrating to Canada. Their mother Adele Gould was also instrumental in encouraging them. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004. In high school, Ryan and Dan shared the lead role in their school's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[1]

In band b4-4 / Before Four[edit]

Main article: b4-4

At age 16, they presented themselves at the offices of Sony Music Canada, and attracted the attention of record company executives when they sang "Show Me the Way to Go Home" in the reception area.[2] They were signed to a record contract soon after forming a boy band called b4-4 along with their friend Ohad Einbinder. They received a Juno Award nomination in 2001 for Best New Group, but lost to Nickelback. They also enjoyed some success in Germany as Before Four.

As RyanDan[edit]

They eventually wanted to cultivate a more adult sound and fan base, and in 2006, they moved to London. They recorded their album RyanDan with producer Steve Anderson, who has worked with Kylie Minogue and Paul McCartney. The duo is currently managed by Dani Matte at The Management Trust and Sander Shalinsky.

They cite opera singer Mario Lanza as a strong influence on their music.[2]

Their debut self-titled album received critical acclaim including "The Face", which was co-penned by Stephan Moccio and for "Tears of an Angel" written by the duo in memory of their late niece, Tal, who died from a brain tumour at age four while they were recording the album on which it appears.[3]

Their scheduled follow-up album in 2010 entitled Silence Speaks was postponed and never released. The album was renamed Imagine but also failed to be released on schedule in 2011 and then in 2012. One song, "Is Love Enough (To Save the World)" has been released on Canadian radio with an accompanying music video.[4]

Music production[edit]

Ryan and Dan Kowarsky have also devoted their talents to production. Their experience includes songwriting efforts for several tracks on Blake McGrath's Time to Move, including "Relax"[5] , Mia Martina's "Latin Moon" and "Stereo Love" [6] , "Automatic" by Danny Fernandes [7] , and a number of tracks for Tyler Medeiros.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

RyanDan's "Tears of an Angel" written for their little cousin struck with cancer was used in a group dance routine by dancers during episode 12 of season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. The dance was designed by choreographer Bonnie Story who used the piece in an "anti-bullying" dance subject based on an actual bullying of a friend of hers.

Personal life[edit]

RyanDan own a dog boarding camp just north of Toronto called Camp Cookstown,[9] a 45 acre property.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
Notes
BEL
(Wa)

[10]
CAN HK NED
[11]
SWE
[12]
UK US
2007 RyanDan 60 8[13] 4 28 47 7 18
  • CAN: Gold
  • UK: Gold
  • HK: Gold
2014 Imagine
  • Released:
    CA: March 18, 2014
  • Label: TBA
  • Format: CD, digital download

Guest albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
UK
2007 "Like the Sun" 69 RyanDan
  • 2007: "Like the Sun" – Worldwide
  • 2007: "The Face" – Canada only
  • 2007: "High / O Holy Night" – UK only
  • 2009: "Is Love Enough (To Save The World)" – Canada only
  • 2009: "Open Arms" (Remake of the Journey song by the same title)
  • 2010: "Tears of an Angel"

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

References[edit]

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