John Ryan (musician)

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John Ryan
Birth nameJohn Ryan
OriginRochester, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • bass
Years active2010–present

John Henry Ryan II (born August 19, 1987), also known as John the Blind, 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, his newest single Two Months dropped in January 2019.

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 produced 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 ☑Y
"C'mon, C'mon" 2012 One Direction Take Me Home ☑Y ☑Y
"I Would" ☑Y
"They Don't Know About Us" ☑Y
"She's Not Afraid" ☑Y ☑Y
"Loved You First" ☑Y ☑Y
"I Wish" 2013 Emblem3 Nothing to Lose ☑Y
"Me & My Girls" Fifth Harmony Better Together ☑Y
"Best Song Ever" One Direction Midnight Memories ☑Y ☑Y
"Story of My Life" ☑Y ☑Y
"Diana" ☑Y ☑Y
"Midnight Memories" ☑Y ☑Y
"You & I" ☑Y ☑Y
"Strong" ☑Y ☑Y
"Little Black Dress" ☑Y ☑Y
"Little White Lies" ☑Y ☑Y
"Better Than Words" ☑Y ☑Y
"Does He Know?" ☑Y ☑Y
"Alive" ☑Y ☑Y
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" ☑Y
"Good News" 2014 Daley Days + Nights ☑Y
(featuring Snoop Dogg)
Jason Derulo Talk Dirty ☑Y ☑Y
"If You Love Me Let Me Go" Colbie Caillat Gypsy Heart ☑Y
"Take Over" Nick Jonas Nick Jonas ☑Y ☑Y
"Steal My Girl" One Direction Four ☑Y ☑Y
"Ready to Run" ☑Y ☑Y
"Girl Almighty" ☑Y ☑Y
"Night Changes" ☑Y ☑Y
"No Control" ☑Y ☑Y
"Fireproof" ☑Y ☑Y
"Spaces" ☑Y ☑Y
"Stockholm Syndrome" ☑Y ☑Y
"Clouds" ☑Y ☑Y
"Change Your Ticket" ☑Y ☑Y
"Illusion" ☑Y ☑Y
"Once in a Lifetime" ☑Y ☑Y
"Act My Age" ☑Y ☑Y
(featuring John Ryan)
Pitbull Globalization ☑Y ☑Y
"Day Drinking"
(featuring Heymous Molly)
☑Y ☑Y
"Work This Body" Walk the Moon Talking Is Hard ☑Y
"We Are the Kids" ☑Y
(featuring Ilsey)
2015 Robin Schulz Sugar ☑Y
"Vacation" Thomas Rhett Tangled Up ☑Y
"Babylon" Omi Me 4 U ☑Y ☑Y
"Hey Angel" One Direction Made in the A.M. ☑Y ☑Y
"Drag Me Down" ☑Y ☑Y
"Perfect" ☑Y
"Infinity" ☑Y ☑Y
"End of the Day" ☑Y ☑Y
"Long Way Down" ☑Y ☑Y
"Never Enough" ☑Y ☑Y
"Olivia" ☑Y ☑Y
"I Want to Write You a Song" ☑Y ☑Y
"History" ☑Y ☑Y
"Walking in the Wind" ☑Y ☑Y
"A.M." ☑Y ☑Y
(featuring JRY)
2016 DJ Snake Encore ☑Y ☑Y
"Darkness and Light"
(featuring Brittany Howard)
John Legend Darkness and Light ☑Y
"Love Me Now" ☑Y ☑Y
"Temporarily Painless" ☑Y
(featuring Rooty)
2017 JRY Fifty Shades Darker: Original
Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Two Ghosts" Harry Styles Harry Styles ☑Y
"Guys My Age" Hey Violet From the Outside ☑Y
"Crawling" Chase & Status Tribe ☑Y
"Shed a Light"
(with David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes)
Robin Schulz Uncovered ☑Y
"Leave Right Now" Thomas Rhett Life Changes ☑Y
"Renegades" ☑Y
"Finish What We Started" Jessie Ware Glasshouse ☑Y ☑Y
"On the Loose" Niall Horan Flicker ☑Y
"Slow Hands" ☑Y
"Flicker" ☑Y
"Fire Away" ☑Y
"The Tide" ☑Y
"Best 4 U" Maroon 5 Red Pill Blues ☑Y ☑Y
"Wait" ☑Y ☑Y
"Bet My Heart" ☑Y ☑Y
"Who I Am"
(featuring LunchMoney Lewis)
☑Y ☑Y
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
☑Y ☑Y
"Closure" ☑Y ☑Y
"Don't Wanna Know"
(featuring Kendrick Lamar)
☑Y ☑Y
(featuring Future)
☑Y ☑Y
"Lost in the Wild" Walk the Moon What If Nothing ☑Y
"These Days"
(featuring Jess Glynne & Dan Caplen)
2018 Rudimental Toast to Our Differences ☑Y ☑Y
"Dance" DNCE Non-album single ☑Y
"Think About You" Delta Goodrem ☑Y ☑Y
"Hate to Say" Tory Lanez Memories Don't Die ☑Y
"Done for Me"
(featuring Kehlani)
Charlie Puth Voicenotes ☑Y
"Preacher Man" The Driver Era Non-album single ☑Y
"How Badly" In Real Life TBA ☑Y
"Doesn't Matter" Gallant This Song Does Not Fit ☑Y ☑Y
"Finally Free" Niall Horan Smallfoot: Original Motion
Picture Soundtrack
☑Y ☑Y
"16 Steps"
(with Olivia Holt)
Martin Jensen TBA ☑Y ☑Y
"Dear Sense"
(with Max)
Louis the Child Kids at Play EP ☑Y
"Epa Wei" Danny Ocean TBA ☑Y
"Never Let Me Go" Jess Glynne Always In Between ☑Y ☑Y
"Big Bills"
(featuring Big Boi)
The Knocks New York Narcotic ☑Y
"Room for You" ☑Y
"Close to Me" Isaiah Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"Cashmere" Rita Ora Phoenix ☑Y ☑Y
"First Time High" ☑Y
"Out at Night"
(featuring Kyle & Big Boi)
Clean Bandit What Is Love? ☑Y
"Better to Lie"
(with Jesse & Swae Lee)
Benny Blanco Friends Keep Secrets ☑Y
"24 Hours"
(featuring Yasmin Green)
Clean Bandit What Is Love? ☑Y ☑Y


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  2. ^ "One Direction songwriter John Ryan signs to BMG/Big Deal JV". Music Week.
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  4. ^ "German Charts - John Ryan discography".
  5. ^ "Spanish Charts - John Ryan discography".