John Ryan (musician)

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John Ryan
Birth name John Ryan
Origin Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • bass
Years active 2010–present

John Henry Ryan II (born August 19, 1987), also known as JRY, is an American singer, multi-platinum songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Rochester, New York. Ryan is best known for co-writing and co-producing One Direction's last four albums and many of their singles. He has written songs for many acclaimed artists. His compositions and productions have sold over 30 million units worldwide.


Ryan was born and raised in Pittsford, New York. He attended McQuaid Jesuit High School, a Catholic college-preparatory school in Rochester, NY. Following his 2006 graduation, John enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[1] While attending Berklee, John was a student of Professor of Guitar, Lauren Passarelli. After making several connections with his colleagues, all of whom were from Los Angeles, John soon found his demos being submitted and praised by a studio there, Family Affair Productions, especially the Team Manager and Talent Coordinator Damon Bunetta. With this in mind and a vision to set upon, John moved to L.A. one week after graduating from Berklee in 2010, and joined the team. In 2012, John teamed up with a co-worker whom worked with Sony Music Entertainment and the hit television show The X Factor USA, where he was introduced to bands and artists such as One Direction, Pharrell Williams, Pitbull, and Sam Smith. In November 2013, he signed a publishing contract with Big Deal Music and BMG Chrysalis.[2]

Ryan has released his own music, he has recorded the EP The Mayor of Strawberry Fields and the album Organs vs. Furniture.

He has written several songs for British boyband One Direction, including "Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life", "Steal My Girl" and "Perfect", among others. Additionally he has written for Jason Derulo, Maroon 5, John Legend, Cody Simpson, JLS, Fifth Harmony, Emblem3, Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett, Olly Murs, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Hey Violet, DJ Snake, Cobra Starship and Walk the Moon amongst others.

Other songs written include Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know", John Legend's "Love Me Now", Pitbull's "Fireball" and Niall Horan song "Slow Hands". He also co-wrote and producers Maroon 5's song "Best 4 U".

Ryan was featured on Pitbull's "Fireball" (featuring John Ryan), DJ Snake's "Sober" (featuring JRY), and in 2017 released "Pray" featuring Rooty on the Fifty Shades Darker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.



Featured in
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Fireball" (Pitbull featuring John Ryan) 2014 23 26 22 6 49 Globalization

Production discography[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
"Do You Feel What I Feel?" 2011 JLS Jukebox YesY
"C'mon, C'mon" 2012 One Direction Take Me Home YesY YesY
"I Would" YesY
"They Don't Know About Us" YesY
"She's Not Afraid" YesY YesY
"Loved You First" YesY YesY
"I Wish" 2013 Emblem3 Nothing to Lose YesY
"Me & My Girls" Fifth Harmony Better Together YesY
"Best Song Ever" One Direction Midnight Memories YesY YesY
"Story of My Life" YesY YesY
"Diana" YesY YesY
"Midnight Memories" YesY YesY
"You & I" YesY YesY
"Strong" YesY YesY
"Little Black Dress" YesY YesY
"Little White Lies" YesY YesY
"Better Than Words" YesY YesY
"Does He Know?" YesY YesY
"Alive" YesY YesY
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" YesY
"Good News" 2014 Daley Days + Nights YesY
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
Jason Derulo Talk Dirty YesY YesY
"If You Love Me Let Me Go" Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart YesY
"Take Over" Nick Jonas Nick Jonas YesY YesY
"Steal My Girl" One Direction Four YesY YesY
"Ready to Run" YesY YesY
"Girl Almighty" YesY YesY
"Night Changes" YesY YesY
"No Control" YesY YesY
"Fireproof" YesY YesY
"Spaces" YesY YesY
"Stockholm Syndrome" YesY YesY
"Clouds" YesY YesY
"Change Your Ticket" YesY YesY
"Illusion" YesY YesY
"Once in a Lifetime" YesY YesY
"Act My Age" YesY YesY
(featuring John Ryan)
Pitbull Globalization YesY YesY
"Day Drinking"
(featuring Heymous Molly)
YesY YesY
"Work This Body" Walk the Moon Talking Is Hard YesY
"We Are the Kids" YesY
(featuring Ilsey)
2015 Robin Schulz Sugar YesY
"Vacation" Thomas Rhett Tangled Up YesY
"Babylon" Omi Me 4 U YesY YesY
"Hey Angel" One Direction Made in the A.M. YesY YesY
"Drag Me Down" YesY YesY
"Perfect" YesY
"Infinity" YesY YesY
"End of the Day" YesY YesY
"Long Way Down" YesY YesY
"Never Enough" YesY YesY
"Olivia" YesY YesY
"I Want to Write You a Song" YesY YesY
"History" YesY YesY
"Walking in the Wind" YesY YesY
"A.M." YesY YesY
(featuring JRY)
2016 DJ Snake Encore YesY YesY
"Darkness and Light"
(featuring Brittany Howard)
John Legend Darkness and Light YesY
"Love Me Now" YesY YesY
"Temporarily Painless" YesY
(featuring Rooty)
2017 JRY Fifty Shades Darker: Original
Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Two Ghosts" Harry Styles Harry Styles YesY
"Guys My Age" Hey Violet From the Outside YesY
"Crawling" Chase & Status Tribe YesY
"Shed a Light"
(with David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes)
Robin Schulz Uncovered YesY
"Leave Right Now" Thomas Rhett Life Changes YesY
"Renegades" YesY
"Finish What We Started" Jessie Ware Glasshouse YesY YesY
"On the Loose" Niall Horan Flicker YesY
"Slow Hands" YesY
"Flicker" YesY
"Fire Away" YesY
"The Tide" YesY
"Best 4 U" Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues YesY YesY
"Wait" YesY YesY
"Bet My Heart" YesY YesY
"Who I Am"
(featuring LunchMoney Lewis)
YesY YesY
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
YesY YesY
"Closure" YesY YesY
"Don't Wanna Know"
(featuring Kendrick Lamar)
YesY YesY
(featuring Future)
YesY YesY
"These Days"
(featuring Jess Glynne & Dan Caplen)
2018 Rudimental TBA YesY YesY
"Dance" DNCE TBA YesY
"Done for Me"
(featuring Kehlani)
Charlie Puth Voicenotes YesY
"Doesn't Matter" Gallant TBA YesY YesY