Memphis native Ryan Peel is a drummer/songwriter/producer who blends pop sensibilities with an old-school sound. His solo work contains vocals reminiscent of Adam Levine and Justin Timberlake, while his drumming is a mash-up of Questlove, Steve Jordan and Aaron Spears. Yet, Peel is no mere revivalist – he has a style all his own that incorporates hip-hop, rock and soul.
Ryan has played on dozens of sessions, cutting music for the award-winning documentary film I Am A Man and the MTV series $5 Cover, and held down the drummer’s seat for a plethora of Memphis artists including Al Kapone, Lord T & Eloise, American Idol finalist Alexis Grace, Travis Roman and Brennan Villines. In 2011, Peel released his debut single, Even If, produced by Scott Bomar (Black Snake Moan, Hustle and Flow) and also released his self-produced EP, The New Memphis Sound later that year.
In 2013, Ryan moved to Nashville and teamed up with Island/Def Jam artist Cassio Monroe on an international tour opening for British pop sensation, The Wanted. Shortly after returning home, Ryan joined Warner Brothers “hick-hop” artist Big Smo on his US/Canadian tour spanning several months. Between tours and inspired by his time living in Nashville, Peel managed to write and release his own pop/country themed EP entitled 3. Peel’s momentum continued as he accompanied Australian pop artist Cody Simpson on his 2015 European Tour.
In the fall of 2015, Ryan accepted a teaching position with the Memphis Music Initiative and is now the Percussion Instructor at Kate Bond Middle and Grizzlies Prep Charter School. Along with his work as an educator, Peel fills in his schedule performing, writing, recording, and producing with other artists.
Peel has been a Yamaha Rock Tour artist since 2011 and a Dream Cymbals artist since 2014.