In the past month, local vocalist Ryan Beatty has gone from a kid singing YouTube covers to a legit pop music threat.
Ryan is 15 and a sophomore at Clovis High. Since re-launching his YouTube channel this time last month, he’s been getting a lot of attention. Enough, actually, to be the No. 1 most subscribed musician on YouTube in the past month. The fact that his look is right in line with the world’s current No. 1 teen icon probably doesn’t hurt.
Videos of Ryan covering pop songs by Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Cee-Lo Green, often from his bedroom, have girls asking him to marry them in the YouTube comments. His cover of “Grenade” (above) has close to 60,000 views in three weeks. More important than proposals and views, though, his videos have caught the eye of Hollywood music execs.
According to his manager Nathaniel Levingston, Ryan is already being courted by some big players in pop music. Over the weekend, Ryan met with Disney and the camp of famed producer/songwriter Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, whose credits include Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Spice Girls and lots more. It sounds like a recording contract may be in place very soon, so stay tuned for updates.
Ryan’s name might be familiar in local theater circles because he was the lead in last summer’s production of “13″ by Children’s Musical Theaterworks. In his review, Donald Munro wrote that Ryan had “the confidence and charisma of a rock star.”
Check out a few more of his videos below, including a “reality show” styled clip of him shopping on Melrose Ave., and see if you agree.