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A Shotgun, Zombies and a Surprising ‘Thriller’ Dance, as Singer Ryan Calhoun Delivers Witty Video for ‘Coffee’; Upcoming EP Evokes Zac Brown Band, Rob Thomas, Ed Sheeran
(Published: May 20, 2015)

A Shotgun, Zombies and a Surprising ‘Thriller' Dance, as Singer Ryan Calhoun Delivers Witty Video for ‘Coffee'; Upcoming EP Evokes Zac Brown Band, Rob Thomas, Ed Sheeran

CD Release Concert Confirmed for Hotel Café in LA, July 10th

Huffington Post Premieres Video

Singer-songwriter Ryan Calhoun makes a decidedly memorable introduction to his new EP "Paper Stars" via the witty new video for ‘Coffee'. Sporting a preppy outfit and, yes, a shotgun, Calhoun strolls with zombies as he sings his cheerful, uptempo, relationship track. By the time the unexpected ‘Thriller' dance and the twist at the end of the video arrive, it's clear we've got a smart and irreverent new artist on our hands. Huffington Post premiered the video this week:

HUFFINGTON POST - Exclusive Video Premiere By Mike Ragogna, 5/19/15
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/the-purple-album-chatting_b_7310420.html    (click & scroll down to see ‘Coffee')

HuffPost included these comments from Calhoun, who acknowledges that the video was conceived to turn heads. He also addresses his place on the musical spectrum:
"I knew 'Coffee' was going to be a polarizing song, people are either going to love it or hate it. So I wanted to have a video equally polarizing. I didn't want the video to be 'on the nose,' for example a guy in a coffee shop trying to talk to a good-looking girl etc etc. As a kid I was obsessed with Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video -- who wasn't. And with the popularity of Zombies, I thought we could do something along those lines. I worked with director Gavin Fisher (Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, The Avett Brothers) and we shot the video in a day at a ranch about an hour outside of LA. I liked the dichotomy of a cheerful song about coffee being set in a post-apocalyptic zombie world! I want the viewer to be like, 'Wait! What' This is hilarious!!' Also, as for me, I have become a huge fan of The Zac Brown Band. He gets thrown into the 'country' world, but he's so much more than that. He kind of does what ever he wants, sometimes his songs are country, other times more folk or rock. He's a badass and he makes no apologies for it, it's very inspiring. I do feel like my new album is parallel to Zac Brown's style of music; he has definitely taught me that a good song is a good song. Write what you write and do what you love!"

From the anthemic ‘Time & December' to the wrenching pre-proposal indecision of ‘If I Don't' (a highlight of the EP and reminiscent of the emotional core of Shania Twain's ‘You're Still The One',) Calhoun mines personal moments to create resonant songs. Add to that the haunting ‘Stranger,' the radio-friendly title track and of course the aforementioned ‘Coffee', and Calhoun's "Paper Stars" EP succeeds with a confident diversity that evokes Zac Brown Band's ‘is it country - is it rock'' genre-bending songwriting, Rob Thomas-esque vocals and melodies that evoke Ed Sheeran.

Calhoun's EP will be released digitally on June 23rd, with brick-and-mortar distribution set for July 14th. A July 10th CD release concert at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles has been confirmed as well. Pre-order tickets here:

Making the Album - Notes by Ryan Calhoun:
In the last 12 months I've spent some time in Nashville doing writing sessions, which has really helped me both as an artist and as a writer. Spending time in Nashville writing country songs has really cultivated and expanded my storytelling capabilities. The song Coffee was literally inspired while sitting in a coffee shop in Nashville. My intention was not to make a country record, but rather to tell stories and create imagery with each song; I want my listeners to go through an experience! This album is very personal to me -- tracks like Time and December and If I Don't both stem from the very core of me. I hope that people will have their own personal connections with each of these songs!

More about Ryan Calhoun:
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Ryan Calhoun celebrates the release of his 4th studio album, ‘Paper Stars'. Calhoun has already cultivated a strong fan base with his impressive array of television and film placements. With five songs reaching top 10 placement on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, including his breakout single "Who We are" at #1, the album "Everything That I'm Not" at #3, and 46,000 records sold. This is a testament to the simple power of a meaningful song and a dynamic voice.  Calhoun has collaborated with writers such as Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas), Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson), Drew Lawerence (Christina Perri), and Sam Barbera (Songs Pub). He has also worked with esteemed producers, Bill Lefler (Plain White T's; Gym Class Heroes; Tyrone Wells) and Mike Green (Beyoncé; Paramore; Boys Like Girls).

More tour dates will be announced soon.

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