Ryan McMahon is 23 years old, and is based out of Ladysmith in British Columbia. The singer/songwriter founded the band Citizen Strange in 1997 upon returning from a crazy vacation in Hollywood, loaded with ideas for songs.
In November, 1998, a demo was released on Vancouver Island only, titled "Five Alarm Stare." This was used for promo, and it offered Ryan and his band mates at the time some valuable practice in the studio.
Next came the debut cd, "Sleepless Night," which Vancouver's 99.3 the Fox supported for some time, particularly the leadoff single on the record, called "Dear Maria."
Along the way, Citizen Strange made some friends, including the Georgia Straight’s Mike Usinger, who called Strange one of the top eight acts to see at New Music West 2000 in Vancouver. Rick Everett from Victoria’s 100.3 the Q! has called the debut cd one of the best first efforts that the station has ever heard. But as all good things sometimes come to an end, members of Citizen Strange decided to go their separate ways, ending a relationship of over four years.
Wanting a fresh start, and something more diversified, Ryan has changed lineups again; gone completely solo, and has completed a new record at Bakerstreet Studios in Vancouver, entitled “Lights Out.”
With one of his closest friends, Mike Rogerson, producing, “Lights Out” has been in the works for the last six months, and with it’s completion, comes great excitement for everyone involved in it’s creation.
“Lights Out” tackles subjects from the heavy (‘Bodies Of Work’) to the hilarious (‘Guilty Party’) all the while providing the listener with a fairly raw, honest, acoustic vibe throughout.
McMahon’s influences range from Bob Dylan and Gordon Downie to Pearl Jam and Vancouver’s own, the Odds. Over the past five years, Ryan has opened for the likes of Canada’s finest acts, including Nickelback, Wide Mouth Mason, Tom Wilson, as well as Unified Theory (the remaining members of Blind Melon.)
In closing, Ryan McMahon offers a unique blend of extremely thought-provoking lyrics mixed over a bed of acoustic pop-rock. The live show is something that can only be seen, not described.
For a better tomorrow, vote Ryan McMahon