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Ryan Charles (River House Artists)
5/12/22

WHAT IT IS: Hailing from the valley of Buffalo, Wyo., Nashville-based Ryan Charles meshes the cowboy lifestyle with the flow of modern-day hip-hop. One of the most skilled freestyle rappers on the school bus as a kid, Charles has been performing for over a decade and has become renowned for his signature fashion sense, light-hearted twang and high-energy live shows. The country rapper released tracks like 2020’s jiggy buckaroo bop “Gettin’ Western” and 2021’s “Old Dirt Fancy,” both featured on his 2022 EP, Getting Western, before making his TV debut on NBC’s American Song Contest and wowing viewers with “New Boot Goofin’.” He was also recently featured on Ian Munsick’s “Cowboy Killer.”
ALBUM: Gettin’ Western (EP)
RELEASE DATE: 2/24
SINGLE: “New Boot Goofin’”
TV: Currently representing Wyoming on American Song Contest; Kelly Clarkson
LIVE: Support shows and festivals following American Song Contest
INTERNET: 9m+ global career streams; 313k+ monthly Spotify listeners; “New Boot Goofin’” peaked #14 on the iTunes Hip-hop/Rap chart
PRESS: Washington Post (“‘New Boot Goofin’’ could be the song of the summer”), more
BOOKING: Matthew Morgan & Justin Hill/UTA
MANAGEMENT: Caroline Rudolph/Not a Public Figure Mgmt.