Ryan Swing was born on Chicago’s South Side and started playing guitar at the age of fourteen. Born with a deep passion for a broad variety of musical styles, Swing studied with Grammy award winner and jazz giant Frank J. Rumoro at the Chicago Acadamy of Jazz Guitar. Since that time he has made a name for himself as a teacher, performer, session guitarist, and true stylistic chameleon. With hundreds of live performances under his belt, he has been actively touring the East Coast with several nationally recognized artists since 2014.
As a session guitarist, Swing’s skill and endless pursuit of unique sound, tone, and technique have established him as a fixture in the Philadelphia recording scene. As a solo experimental guitarist his work pushes the sonic envelope of modern-day technology in pursuit of new and original musical ideas. A dedicated collaborator, Swing brings his personality and passion for experimentation to each project, while always working to serve the vision of each employing artist.
As of 2016, Ryan has been working as Country/Soul artist Audra McLaughlin's band leader, while also performing with funk pop act, Nalani and Sarina as their full time touring guitarist. When off from the two acts Ryan has been in the studio finishing up work on the debut release for The Captain Pilot Driver due out in the fall of 2018. Ryan has also resumed tracking with his own Psychedelic Rock band The Raknoss which will also have a release due late fall 2018.