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Ryan Waters: Welcome
  • Sade

  • Heart

  • Prince

  • Liv Warfield

  • Duff McKagen

  • CeeLo Green

  • India.Arie

  • Dionne Farris

  • Roberta Flack

Ryan Waters’ long list of accomplishments as a musician and performer directly reflects his desire to create music with integrity without regard for convention and genre. Ryan joined Sade in 2000 as lead guitarist in their legendary live band and has since performed for millions of fans all over the world. He has also collaborated with many other top names in music, all the while continuing to write, produce and record original material.

Ryan discovered and honed his talents in his hometown of Salem, Oregon where he started on the family piano at the age of five and soon began studying guitar at the local music store. By the time Ryan was twelve years old, he was already playing guitar in a rock band that routinely performed in bars and nightclubs. Through the rest of his school years, Ryan continued to grow as a musician, playing in various rock, r&b, and blues bands. During this time he also began producing his own recordings.

After high school, Ryan moved to New York City and quickly became a familiar face on the progressive live music scene. He co-founded a musical collective called Earthdriver that brought together many of the city’s top underground artists and he produced the groups’ debut independent release, No One’s Slave. Ryan also recorded and toured with the Harlem-based soul artist, Olu whose album, Soul Catcher was co-produced by Sade saxophonist/guitarist, Stuart Matthewman. In 2000, after hearing him play with Olu, Matthewman asked Ryan to join Sade to help promote their album, Lovers Rock. The band toured throughout 2001 and in 2002 released a live album and DVD called, Lovers Live.

In 2002, Ryan relocated to Atlanta, GA and resumed working on original material while continuing to collaborate and perform with various artists such as CeeLo Green, India.Arie, Dionne Farris, Anthony David, and Roberta Flack. He released two original solo albums between 2003 and 2005 and in 2006 joined the hip-hop band, Heavy Mojo which soon signed a record deal with Motown/Universal. 

In 2010, Ryan rejoined Sade for the release of their album, Soldier of Love, which debuted and spent 4 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Album Charts. In 2011, Sade released a greatest hits compilation called, The Ultimate Collection which contained a cover of the Thin Lizzy classic, Still in Love With You that featured a guitar solo by Ryan. That year, the band embarked on a 106-show world tour and played to over 800,000 people on four continents. The concert was recorded and released as a live album and concert video entitled, Bring Me Home, which also debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.

In 2012, Ryan relocated to Seattle, WA and began working with vocalist/songwriter, Liv Warfield as her lead guitarist and musical director. Liv was a member of Prince’s iconic band, New Power Generation and Prince produced the project and the 2013 album called, The Unexpected, co-produced by Ryan.

In 2016, Liv and Ryan joined forces with Nancy Wilson of Heart to form a new project called, Roadcase Royale and in 2019, Ryan was asked to join Heart as the guitarist for their, Love Alive tour.

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