Ryan States was born in Chicago and grew up in the suburb of Flossmoor. He has since lived in Dallas, Montana and New York City. States has toured nine years with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey in the circus band. He is on the road eleven months each year.
He has performed over 3000 shows in the Ringling Brothers band for millions of circus fans in sold out arenas from LA’s Staples Center to Chicago's United Center and Houston's Reliant Stadium. Recordings of his playing have been heard on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, national parade broadcasts, DVDs, and commercials. He performs for 60,000 to 120,000 circus fans each week, playing keyboards and doing sound effects.
States works on original music in his project studio on the circus train where he lives. He is a multi-instrumentalist who writes and produces his material. He collaborates with other musicians both in person and long-distance via the internet.
States' background began as a piano accompanist. He studied at the University of North Texas under Dr. Jack Roberts, Head of the piano department. His teacher/student lineage traces back to Franz Liszt. He has gigged in everything from cover bands (Eclectic, Frontline, Grok) and toured as a sub with Vince Vance & the Valients.
States grew up in a house that was full of music. He is the youngest of eleven children, an uncle by the age of 2, and great-uncle by 21. His older brothers were mobile deejays in Chicago. At age 13 States began working as a roadie and then began running the board while his older brother mc’d on stage. By age 15 he was booking his own gigs and wedding receptions.
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