Ryan Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk Aviator, Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army. Weaver began his music career in 2005 while still on active duty, playing the club and festival circuit throughout the southeast. His performances are known for their unique blend of high-octane original songs and rockin’ cover material combined with a heartfelt message and genuine humor.
Ryan debuted on a world stage in November 2017 as the Patriotic Voice of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for their Celebrate America campaign. The World Finals is the biggest global stage in professional bull riding – a booming sport now seen in more than 400 million homes worldwide. Weaver made his debut in the primetime performance slot, held in 2016 by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, at PBR’s World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. Ryan’s new EP also titled Celebrate America was released at that time. Ryan worked closely with hit songwriter and producer, Wynn Varble, on the Celebrate America EP as well as co-writing three of the four songs on the EP.
This January, Ryan kicked off the PBR’s 2018 25th Anniversary Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Celebrate America campaign is a season-long initiative that honors heroes, inspires youth and brings communities together.
Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of eleven in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of both of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, and shortly afterward, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah.
On January 8, 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat. After all, Aaron survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down. When Aaron died, however, something changed for Ryan. He returned from combat, taking a new position training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama and has not piloted a Black Hawk since that fateful day.
Exactly ten years later, Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was laid to rest just one row away from Aaron Weaver. Randy was killed in action in Afghanistan on December 17, 2013 when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device.
This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Ryan used his heartache as determination to succeed. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel his fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
Ryan recorded the first single of the album “Songs That Save Our Lives” with the West Point Military Academy’s Benny Havens Band. The song was short-listed for a GRAMMY Award consideration. On the debut album from the West Point Military Academy band, he was named on the cover that states, “Featuring Charlie Daniels and Ryan Weaver.” Ryan has several planned performances with the Benny Havens Band throughout the rest of the year.
While Ryan has been entertaining audiences across the country over the past decade, in 2014 he made his Ryman Auditorium debut and his Grand Ole Opry debut on September 11, 2015 with Charlie Daniels. At the end of 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single, “BURN,” labeled America’s New Fight Song featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
This video was aired nationwide and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as on The Country Network and The Heartland Network throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. His first single music video “Crank It” played nationally on ZUUS Country TV and TNN/Heartland Network and spent 8 weeks in the Top 10 Video Countdown, a network record. Ryan has also served as a guest VJ for both ZUUS Country’s “On The Rise” and multiple episodes of the Heartland Network’s “Country Fix” in 2014 and again in 2017 in addition to making several appearances at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Ryan recently signed an endorsement deal with Bad Boy Mowers, an official PBR sponsor, as well as the largest military focused clothing company in the U.S., Grunt Style Clothing. He has become an associate sponsor with Veterans Motor Sports, NASCAR, and appeared as the primary paint scheme on a race at Kentucky Speedway.
Ryan Weaver’s 2018 tour dates can be found at www.WeaverCountry.com
Ryan’s recent performances (most recent on top) include:
- PBR 25th Anniversary Tour Kickoff at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – January 2018
- Gasparilla Bowl, Treasure Island & Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL – December 2017
- PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV – November 2017
- West Point Military Academy with the West Point Military Academy’s Benny Havens Band at Trophy Point Amphitheater
- Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN w/ Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Travis Tritt, 3 Doors Down, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young (2015, 2016)
- Freedom Fest Colorado with Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant and Dokken, Castle Rock & Littleton, CO
- The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with Charlie Daniels, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon & Jamie O’Neal – Nashville, TN
- CMA Music Festival as an official performing artist on the Samsung Galaxy Stage. Other artists on this stage were Laura Bell Bundy, Gwen Sebastian, Danielle Peck, Cowboy Troy & Julie Roberts – Nashville, TN
- Opened for George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, Andy Griggs, Jamey Johnson, Jason Michael Carroll, James Otto, Darryl Worley, Tracy Lawrence, Jeffrey Steele, Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant and Dokken.
- Sang the National Anthem for MLB, AFL, PIFL and multiple NCAA sports