Ryan Kennedy is an internationally touring Christian recording artist and worship leader based in Houston, Texas. Growing up in Houston —the third largest theatre district in the U.S.—afforded Ryan the opportunity to be involved in musical theatre from an early age. By the time he was a teenager, he was musically directing regional plays; and by 17, he had written an entire broadway musical, along with an accompanying 22-song score. He staged it at Houston’s famous Theatre Under the Stars, attracting the attention of multiple New York producers. The musical was chosen from a group of over 500 projects to be awarded a large grant funding from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. The show began to move towards a promising future as talks of moving the production to New York came about in creative meetings with producers, investors, and directors. As the show began further developing towards its off-broadway run, Ryan’s promising career as a broadway composer came to a halt when he had a profound, life-changing encounter with Christ. Realizing God was calling Him to write and record music that spoke about his new found faith in Jesus, he left his musical and career behind to recklessly follow the Holy Spirit and never looked back.
Since then, Ryan has opened for MercyMe, Crowder, Brandon Heath, Jonathan Thulin, Sarah Kelly and Urban Rescue, among other high-profile artists, and has toured internationally. After spending more than four years as the full-time Director of Worship & Creative Arts at his home church in Texas, Ryan now, when not on tour, leads worship for the 18,000-member congregation at Woodlands Church.
In 2016, Ryan attended the GMA Immerse Conference and received the award for Songwriter of the Year. Since then, Ryan has had the incredible opportunity to write with the People and Songs community and is extremely excited to be officially joining the family.