RyanDan

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Universal Music is one of the leaders in the field of classical crossover music, and when the label was looking for something slightly different to release, an obvious choice was RyanDan, an album by the Kowarsky brothers, Canadian identical twins named after their first names, Ryan and Dan. After all, being twins, there would obviously be no problem with the blending of voices and harmony, and on their debut album, there certainly wasn't. But the album RyanDan wasn't just about the vocals -- after all, with a plethora of artists in this genre, there had to be something different. In fact, it was hardly a classical crossover album at all, but rather an album of 12 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
Universal Music is one of the leaders in the field of classical crossover music, and when the label was looking for something slightly different to release, an obvious choice was RyanDan, an album by the Kowarsky brothers, Canadian identical twins named after their first names, Ryan and Dan. After all, being twins, there would obviously be no problem with the blending of voices and harmony, and on their debut album, there certainly wasn't. But the album RyanDan wasn't just about the vocals -- after all, with a plethora of artists in this genre, there had to be something different. In fact, it was hardly a classical crossover album at all, but rather an album of 12 well-sung songs, with importance given to the backing as well as the choice of repertoire. The first half of the album was filled with original songs, including the beautiful Judie Tzuke-written ballad "High," the almost religious "The Prayer," and "In Us I Believe," but the second half included more cover versions of the type that have appeared on many an album: "Wind Beneath My Wings," "I'll Be There," and "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables which was most definitely a solo song rather than a duet. Rather strangely, the album started off well, looking good as it hit number seven on its first week on the charts, but it very quickly nosedived and disappeared totally just two weeks later, despite getting near to the Christmas season when this type of pleasant easy listening tended to sell better than at other times of the year. Possibly it was simply because RyanDan suddenly found themselves competing with their own label's marketing of even newer releases, also aimed squarely at the once-per-year purchase. Since many of the competing releases were considerably inferior to this album, how fickle can the music business be? One thing's for sure, this genre of music never has been and still didn't sell in the singles market; the leadoff track, "Like the Sun," only reached number 69.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517453708
  • Catalog Number: 001084902
  • Sales rank: 5,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Like the Sun (4:29)
  2. 2 The Face (3:26)
  3. 3 High (4:19)
  4. 4 The Prayer (4:28)
  5. 5 In Us I Believe (3:19)
  6. 6 Wind Beneath My Wings (4:17)
  7. 7 I'll Be There (4:40)
  8. 8 Bring Him Home (3:55)
  9. 9 Dentro Me (3:44)
  10. 10 Stay with You (3:34)
  11. 11 You Needed Me (3:51)
  12. 12 Tears of an Angel (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
RyanDan Primary Artist
Lance Ellington Choir, Chorus
Andy Duncan Bass, Percussion, Drums
Alison Jiear Choir, Chorus
Phil Palmer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Judie Tzuke Choir, Chorus
Hazel Fernandez Choir, Chorus
Tommy Blaize Choir, Chorus
Perry Mason Violin, Soloist
Cliff Masterson Piano, Conductor
Stephan Moccio Piano
David Combes Choir, Chorus
Bailey Tzuke Choir, Chorus
Steve Anderson Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Wil Malone Conductor
Technical Credits
Larry Henley Composer
Alain Boublil Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Ren Swan Engineer
Judie Tzuke Composer
Bob West Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Perry Mason Orchestra Leader
David Goodes Composer, Programming
Pete Gordeno Composer
Cliff Masterson Orchestration
Paul Chessell Art Direction
Mark Masri Composer
Stephan Moccio Composer
Sandy MacKinnon Composer
Ryan Kowarsky Composer
Dan Kowarsky Composer
Steve Price Engineer
Steve Anderson Programming, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Wil Malone Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!

    These guys are absolutely amazing! They have such raw talent and their songs have such depth. It is wonderful to hear such excellent voices and it's a great break from the music you hear today. Anybody who hasn't listened definitely should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crossover Magic

    These guys have no finite niche--their music spans all genres. Their debut CD is my most recent acquisition to a vast CD collection, in the same vein as such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Mercy Me, and Lifehouse. It seems they might have been overlooked by the "majors" in the music industry, but after having heard them on a Canadian Christian radio station, I immediately bought their CD--one of my best purchases! "Like the Sun" would be a great wedding track, comparable to Lifehouse's "You and I."

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