Ryan Sorestad Alumni 1997
Nashville based songwriter Ryan Sorestad (Alumni 1997) has seen his music take him from Saskatchewan all the way to Music City – Nashville, TN. Upon moving to the USA, Sorestad started writing and touring with up-and-coming country star, Jenny Leigh (CW Network’s “The Next”). He has shared the stage with numerous country superstars such as Big and Rich, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Jana Kramer, Dierks Bentley, and more. Sorestad’s songs have made their way to both artists and Nashville based publishing companies. Recently he was named to the “Ones to Watch” list at Nashville Songwriters Association International that recognizes new hit country songwriters.
Sorestad grew up in the small farming community of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. He attributes his musical upbringing to his family and to having access to a piano and the Lutheran Book of Worship (“the green one”). From a young age, Sorestad’s parents gave him a diverse musical upbringing by having vinyl from various styles: classical, crooners, country, and everything in between. Sorestad attended LCBI starting in Grade 10, sang in the LCBI Concert Choir, and found a staff and student body who were more talented than he’d ever seen. For three years, he surrounded himself with friends who could sing, play every instrument, and encouraged him to grow both musically and spiritually.
It was in 1999 that Sorestad made his first move to the USA to tour with Youth Encounter in a band called “Captive Free.” During that year, Sorestad not only realized that music was going to take him places he’d only dream of, but he met his future wife (Kate (Carroll) Sorestad). After working as Dean of Men for LCBI (2000/01), he auditioned at the University of Saskatchewan and a short 5 years later graduated with two degrees (B. Mus and B. Ed). Sorestad quickly found a position with the Saskatoon Public Schools where he worked at Mount Royal Collegiate.
After a tough conversation inspired by a friend’s death, Ryan and Kate decided to pursue their dreams south of the border. Sorestad resigned his position with SPS and hasn’t looked back. His songs have already been recorded, and can be heard on Country Music Radio in the USA. He continues to write, play, and tour knowing that while the road he’s on will take him to new places with new stories, and new songs, that same road can always take him “home.”
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