by RyanDan


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602517453708
catalogNumber: 001084902
Rank: 85309

Album Credits

Performance Credits

RyanDan   Primary Artist
Lance Ellington   Choir, Chorus
Andy Duncan   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Alison Jiear   Choir, Chorus
Phil Palmer   Acoustic 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   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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RyanDan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."