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Rising Music Star Ryan Weaver: “I may sing country music for a living now, but those who still choose to put their lives on the line or save lives every single day deserve our respect and support”

My service to this great country didn’t end when I took off my uniform. Our Heroes stand on the line for us, and during that service or when it’s done, we all have the ability to support them. I may sing country music for a living now, but those who still choose to put their […]

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My service to this great country didn’t end when I took off my uniform. Our Heroes stand on the line for us, and during that service or when it’s done, we all have the ability to support them. I may sing country music for a living now, but those who still choose to put their lives on the line or save lives every single day deserve our respect and support. None of us could ever wish to need them, but we all should be grateful they are there if we do.


I had the pleasure to interview Ryan Weaver. Growing up in a family of eleven in the small town of Floral City, FL, Ryan Weaver joined the Army right after high school. He worked his way up from Military Intelligence Analyst to follow the footsteps of his brothers by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and eventually becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. Shortly thereafter, the Weaver brothers were deployed in Iraq where Ryan’s brother, Aaron lost his life when the Medivac Black Hawk he was a passenger in was shot down. This tragedy became the catalyst for Ryan’s music career and an unparalleled motivator to become a national level country music artist. Just after Ryan left active duty, in 2013 his brother-in-law, Randy, was also killed in action when the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down, making the Weavers a two-time Gold Star Family. This only added more fuel to Ryan’s fire. Since 2006, Ryan Weaver has become a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who has gone from boots in the sand in Iraq to boots on stages in the largest performance venues in the US. In 2017, Ryan was announced as the ​Patriotic Voice of the PBR ​(Professional Bull Riders) for their Celebrate America Campaign at the 2017 PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the last two years, Weaver has represented the PBR and America’s Heroes while performing in major arenas throughout the country. Pairing with companies like Nine Line Apparel, Lane Boots and Liberty Home Concealment, Ryan has also expanded the Weaver Country Brand toward his ultimate goal of becoming more than just a country music artist. He is well on his way to becoming a household name through those successful, nationwide, powerful partnerships.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I don’t have the typical country music background, because I spent a great deal of my life in the Army. The true start to my career was in 2000 when I was in flight school. I started competing in karaoke and singing competitions in the southeastern bars around Dothan, Alabama. When I actually started winning, I discovered a love for performing in front of crowds. It sounds a bit like Kenny Chesney’s “Big Star,” but we all have to start somewhere.

I think every artist has a catalyst or inspiration to their music career, and mine would be a life-changing event shortly after flight school when I was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot. My brother, Aaron, also an Army Aviator, a cancer survivor and non-deployable, requested a waiver to be deployed as well. That waiver required bi-monthly blood screenings to make sure the cancer remained in remission. On the way to one of those screenings, the Medivac Helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down and no one survived. I flew that day as well, but made it back to Baghdad International safely.

Though it was unfortunate, Aaron’s ultimate sacrifice sparked a flame that has been shining brightly ever since. I realized at that moment I was letting my life pass me by, and in honor of his heroism, I dove head first into a professional music career while still on active duty. The chance that lightning would strike a family twice is extremely rare, but in 2013, my brother-in-law Randy Billings, was flying in Afghanistan and was brought out of the sky by a ground exploded Improvised Explosive Device(I.E.D.) killing all but one passenger. As a two time Gold Star Family Member, this added even more fuel to my desire to find success in music and as a business person.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

Between performing on stages of the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden, AT&T Stadium in front of the largest crowd the Professional Bull riders saw in their 25 year history (over 46k) all with no management, record label, record deal or song in the top 40, I have so many stories that would qualify as the “most interesting.” Actually being able to say I’ve done those things is pretty spectacular, but I truly believe my most interesting story is the one I have yet to tell.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I have a new music video concept for my single “ARRIVAL” that is off the chain. There are a ton of folks who want to help make this happen and I want to do something no one has ever seen in a music video. We’ve also formed some amazing business partnerships with Nine Line Apparel, Lane Boots, Liberty Home Concealment, Soledier Socks (spelling is correct), Forj’d Leather, and GAME. My goal is to make Weaver Country a household name in and outside of music. We are well on our way.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Between all of the Benghazi survivors to All-American Heroes who have sacrificed for our nation, I have 1000 stories worth talking about. Every one of these Heroes deserves to have their stories told.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

My brothers & those who came before them willing to sacrifice everything so that we can chase our dreams are the best sources for inspiration.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I believe success comes through service. What we earn pays our bills. What we give makes us rich.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

My service to this great country didn’t end when I took off my uniform. Our Heroes stand on the line for us, and during that service or when it’s done, we all have the ability to support them. I may sing country music for a living now, but those who still choose to put their lives on the line or save lives every single day deserve our respect and support. None of us could ever wish to need them, but we all should be grateful they are there if we do.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I look at the worst circumstances life has thrown at me and know, without a doubt, nothing will be harder in this business. Look at roadblocks like speed bumps and blow out your suspension going over the top of them. Everyone says never quit. I say take on life with determined, persistent control. Why? Because you have a choice.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Let me give you one, because this would be a LONG answer. #1, this came from an entertainment lawyer a long time ago… Understand that you MUST look at yourself as a marketable product and be able to sell it. 1000 people come to Nashville a day with a guitar and a dream, and 1000 people leave Nashville a day with an empty guitar case, because they had to sell their guitar to get back home for one reason; they never learned the business side of the industry. Passion and talent keep you here, even if you are broke. Knowledge and constant learning about the business will keep you in the music business AND pay your bills.

We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂

I mentioned this before, but I have a music video in the works that will be unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Everything I have done up to this point has been on my own, and it’s interesting to see the number of people who are amazed that it’s all been self made with the support of family, friends and fans. From my own clothing and boot lines to performing in every arena Top 40 artists have played, I am proud to represent the American dream, and it has all happened outside of the box. I’d love to sit down with anyone who can place value on this and take it to an even bigger level.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/ryanweavercountry/

Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/ryanweavercountry/

Twitter — https://twitter.com/WeaverCountry

Thank you for these great insights. This was very inspiring!

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