Wistful Soul from UCLA Jazz Studies Alum. - Ryan Nealon: Not Coming Home
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posted 08 Jul 2021 by Krister Axel
This beautiful ballad will have you embracing the ones you love just a little bit tighter tonight.

Ryan Nealon is a singer and songwriter originally from San Diego, now based in Los Angeles. Nealon has a degree from UCLA for Ethnomusicology and Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Jazz Voice. As an unsigned artist, Nealon has over 1,000,000 streams and over 10,000 followers on social media. Latest track "Not Coming Home" puts his vocal expertise on full display, fusing a heartbreaking what-if with a wistful and creative exploration of the unique mother-son connection.

Since going all-in as a performer, Nealon has booked a series of successful shows all across the United States, including such renowned venues as Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. Nealon has also collaborated with top talent like tropical house legend Matoma and second-generation Hollywood royalty Scout Willis. In terms of a media spotlight, Nealon has landed features with American Songwriter, Aesthetic Magazine, The Prelude Press, Digital Tour Bus, and The San Diego Union Tribune, as well as a high-profile partnership with the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Recent credits also include having his song "Sleepwalking" placed in the Lifetime Original Movie "Black Hearted Killer" (2020) as well as playlist spots for his music from Apple Music and Spotify Editorial.

"Not Coming Home" finds Nealon constructing a complex sonic landscape with equal parts nostalgia and grace, as he combines his instinct for classic soul-inspired embellishment with a natural talent for getting to the emotional core of his subject matter. This beautiful ballad will have you embracing the ones you love just a little bit tighter tonight.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist