BIOGRAPHY

"She has the voice, the style, and songwriting to stand out, and at an age when most are busy navigating the throes of post adolescence, not penning songs that put them in superior standing compared to many writing songs in that state just south of the Kentucky border."

-Saving Country Music

2018 was an important year for Kentucky singer/songwriter Rhyan Sinclair.  After 6 years at the helm of alt-country/rock band All the Little Pieces (which she founded at the age of 11), Sinclair stepped firmly into Americana/Traditional Country territory with her debut solo release, Barnstormer.  While she had written all the material for All the Little PIeces’ three albums, including the haunting concept album, The Legend of Lavinia Fisher, Barnstormer’s material was more personal and closer to her heart.

 

Inspired by the 1987 Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt album Trio, Barnstormer is filled with acoustic instrumentation, bluegrass-style harmonies and themes that vary from introspective to uplifting.  Sinclair lists a wide range of influences for her writing and arrangements on Barnstormer, from Chris Isaak to The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson as well as Miranda Lambert and Maria McKee.  She co-produced the entire album, recorded partly in Nashville at The Record Shop with Sean Giovanni, and part in her hometown of Lexington, KY with Jason Groves, Sneak Attack Recording Co.

 

She spent the year touring venues and radio stations all over the country.  Barnstormer ended the year as one of Saving Country Music’s Essential Albums of 2018.  She followed that up with her holiday EP, Marshmallow World.  Both Barnstormer and Marshmallow World received lots of Americana radio play and her take on “Winter Wonderland” was selected for the Americana Music Association’s Holiday Playlist. Her original holiday song, “Let the Light in (In the Name of Christmas)” was called “possibly the best new holiday song of the year” by Saving Country Music.

 

At just 18, Sinclair has recorded with renowned musicians Fats Kaplin, Carl Verheyen, Lillie Mae, Eliza Doyle and more, toured from California to Texas and shared the stage with The Dead South, Maggie Rose, Justin Wells, Arlo McKinley, Lillie Mae and Mason Jennings.

 

Solo, Sinclair’s performances are heartfelt and passionate. With her acoustic trio, the lush three part harmonies soar.  When she plays with the full band as Rhyan Sinclair & the South 65, it’s a boot-stomping party with all the originals and some roots country covers. Whatever Sinclair does, you can bet she’ll do it with emotion, grit, and soul, and that every single word she writes or sings are coming from a place of authenticity, straight from the heart.

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VIDEOS

From Here - Rhyan Sinclair
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Barnstormer - Rhyan Sinclair
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The Sad Song - Rhyan Sinclair
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Retrograde - Rhyan Sinclair
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Selfishly, Heartlessly - Rhyan Sinclair
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Cold Summer's Day - Rhyan Sinclair
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Old Lost Town - Rhyan Sinclair
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The Hourglass - Rhyan Sinclair
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This Beaten Down Heart - Rhyan Sinclair
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Skeleton Sam - Rhyan Sinclair
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I Can't Sleep - Rhyan Sinclair
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Kentucky Night Sky - Rhyan Sinclair
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What Time is it in California? - Rhyan Sinclair
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Free at Last - Rhyan Sinclair
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LIVE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

-In support of Lillie Mae at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, California (September 2017)

 and The Burl in Lexington, KY (January 2018)

-In support of The Dead South at The Burl in Lexington, KY (September 2017)

-In support of Maggie Rose at The Burl in Lexington, KY (March 2019)

-In-Store Performance at Grimey's New & Preloved Music in Nashville, TN (January 2017, June 2018)

-In support of Eliot Bronson at The Haymarket Americana Series in Chicago, IL

 (February 2019)

-In support of Mason Jennings at City Winery in Chicago, IL (May 2019)

-In support of Arlo McKinley and Justin Wells at The V Club in Huntington, WV (August 2018)

-The Townsend in Austin, TX (November 2018)

-Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor, TX (November 2018)

-Two Dollar Tuesday at The 5 Spot in Nashville, TN (December 2019)

-The Jerry Springer Podcast at Folk School Coffee Parlor in Ludlow, KY (June 2017, March 2018, November 2018)

-Summer Residency at The Pour House in Nashville, TN (2018)

-The Country (now The Local) in Nashville, TN (September 2017, June 2018) 

-Cinder & Smoke Festival in Jackson, KY (June 2019)

 

-Awendaw Barn Jam in Awendaw, SC (April 2015, March 2017, December 2018)

-The Honey Festival in Jackson, KY (August 2019)

-Festival of the Horse in Georgetown, KY (September 2019)

-Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, KY (September 2018)

-Funny Ears Fringe Festival at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN (March 2018)

 

-Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC (2016, 2017)

-Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN (July & October 2018)

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH (August 2016)

-The Main Street Festival in Franklin, TN (April 2016)

-WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN (September 2014, August 2017, March 2018, July 2018, December 2018)

-New Faces Nite at The Basement in Nashville, TN (December 2017)

- In Support of Derek Hoke at Cosmic Charlie's in Lexington, KY (January 2018)

-Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, TN (August 2017, March 2018)

-Wicked Weed Funkatorium in Asheville, NC (October 2018)

-Tootle's in Circleville, OH (December 2018)

-12th & Porter in Nashville, TN (August 2013) 

PRESS

The 12-song concept album inspired by a ghost story...

MUSICIAN WHO WROTE ALBUM ABOUT LEGENDARY CHARLESTON SERIAL KILLER RETURNS FOR OCTOBER SHOW

October 16, 2019

By Kalyn Oyer, Post and Courier

Charleston ghost tales don’t just haunt the Holy City. The legendary spirits of the Lowcountry have entered many a tourist’s mind, including one who happens to be a Kentucky-based musician. 

 

When Rhyan Sinclair, formerly of roots band All the Little Pieces, went on a ghost tour at the Old City Jail during a visit to town a few years ago, the story of Lavinia Fisher, who is thought to be the first female serial killer in the nation, stuck with her.

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"I AM HUGELY INSPIRED BY SO MANY ARTISTS FROM DOLLY, LINDA AND EMMYLOU'S TRIO TO THE BEACH BOYS" WE CHAT WITH RHYAN SINCLAIR

July 30, 2018

By Max Mazonowicz, TheDigitalFix.com

What can you tell us about your debut record, Barnstormer, in two sentences?

These songs are where I found my lyrical voice and learned how to be comfortable with complete honesty. I am hugely inspired by so many different artists from Dolly, Emmylou and Linda's Trio to The Beach Boys and I think all of those influences spinning around in my mind kind of melded together and created the sound of the record. 

How do you go about writing songs? What’s your “process”?

I don't really have one process. It usually starts when I'm inspired by a little idea and I see if I can build from there. A lyric, a melody, a riff...something will come to me. I have 2,000 notes that I've written down on my phone of lyric ideas. It's insane. A lot of them get trashed and I'll ask myself 'What was I thinking?', but every now and then, they're something I can live with the next day and they end up becoming full songs. I get super inspired by traveling in the car from place to place, so most of those notes are from long car rides. All the little in-betweens and the scenery really trigger ideas for me and help clear my mind enough to write.

KENTUCKY NATIVE RHYAN SINCLAIR ON DEBUT ALBUM 'BARNSTORMER' AND CO-WRITING MUSIC WITH MOM

July 30, 2018

By Guitar Girl Magazine

​Kentucky native Rhyan Sinclair released her debut album, Barnstormer, last month which has a great classic country sound full of twang, heavy with guitar and bluegrass instrumentation. The album was recorded both in Nashville with Sean Giovanni at The Record Shop and in Lexington, Kentucky with Jason Groves at Sneak Attack Recording Co.

ALBUM REVIEW - RHYAN SINCLAIR'S "BARNSTORMER"

July 02, 2018

By Trigger, SavingCountryMusic.com

It’s the decaying of what once was that gives life to what will be. In Kentucky, the decay of the coal industry and the husks of communities, lives, and families it has left in its wake has made life hard for many in the Bluegrass State. Even for those lives and communities not affected directly, they still feel the weight of hardship and broken hearts that hangs in the air.

 

If there is one silver lining, it’s that the hard times of Kentucky have gone on to help inspire some of the most meaningful country music we’ve heard in the last decade. The mournful romanticism captured by artists like Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, and Kelsey Waldon are fueling the country music insurgency. Times may be tough for many, but the spirit of Kentucky lives on, and manifests itself in music like it has since the early settlers first put stakes down in the state.

The 17-year-old Rhyan Sinclair proves this Kentucky wave of country music is no anomaly. It’s broad-based, and multi-generational. She like a chute of new country music life rising from the soil. But don’t slot her as just another name in a gaggle of artists emerging from Kentucky. She has the voice, the style, and songwriting to stand out, and at an age when most are busy navigating the throes of post adolescence, not penning songs that put them in superior standing compared to many writing songs in that state just south of the Kentucky border.

AT 17, LEXINGTON'S RHYAN SINCLAIR HAS MADE FOUR ALBUMS. THE LATEST IS HER SOLO DEBUT.

June 28, 2018

By Rich Copley, Kentucky.com

"Barnstormer" represents a huge turn in Sinclair's career, as it finds her stepping away from her band All The Little Pieces, which she recorded three albums with, and completing a move from an indie rock sound to traditional country, which is often referred to as Americana music these days. 

The Lexington musician wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, which she co-produced in Lexington and Nashville.

All that, and Sinclair is only 17 years old.

"All of her songs are written from such an authentic place, and she has such great traditional influences, plus she's young and hip — it's a really cool blend," says Sean Giovanni, owner of The Record Shop recording studio, where Sinclair recorded two songs on the album. "What really drew me to her music when I first heard it was how much passion is in her voice and how effortless it is.

 

"It's her. It's what she was meant to do."

LEXINGTON 17-YEAR-OLD SHOWS 'MATURITY WELL BEYOND HER YEARS' ON SOLO DEBUT

June 27, 2018

By Matt Wickstrom, Kentucky.com

Following a handful of releases leading the band All the Little Pieces, Lexington-based singer-songwriter Rhyan Sinclair has stormed onto the scene under her own name with her solo debut album "Barnstormer."

Combining touches of Americana, country and pop, the 17-year-old Sinclair shows a maturity well beyond her years on the record, having written or co-written all 14 tracks along with co-producing the record with Jason Groves of The Sneak Attack Recording Co. in Lexington and Sean Giovanni at Nashville’s The Record Shop. However, that’s not where the album’s ties to the Music City end.


RHYAN SINCLAIR, 'SELFISHLY, HEARTLESSLY' [EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE]

May 30, 2018

By Amy McCarthy, TheBoot.com

Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Rhyan Sinclair is premiering her new song "Selfishly, Heartlessly," and its accompanying music video, exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play above to listen and watch.

Sinclair tells The Boot that she wrote "Selfishly, Heartlessly" about "universal heartbreak" -- not just the romantic kind, "but every type, however you can relate to it." Melodically, Patsy Cline was a major inspiration for the track.

SONG PREMIERE: RHYAN SINCLAIR "SKELETON SAM"

May 24, 2018

By TheDailyCountry.com

Today, TDC is incredibly proud to premiere one of the album's tracks, "Skeleton Sam."  With standout performances by Eliza Mary Doyle on banjo and Sherri McGee on the spoons, as well as BoDiddley breakdowns and jovial group vocals, "Skeleton Sam" is a a bluegrass-gospelesque barn burner where Sinclair's classic and commanding vocals project a tone that merges the playful with the cautious...just like Halloween itself. 

MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS & RUMORS FOR THE 2ND HALF OF 2018

May 22, 2018

By SavingCountryMusic.com

Rhyan Sinclair – Barnstormer – June 22nd

 

With the way quality music has been pouring out of Kentucky lately, anyone with a song and a guitar from The Bluegrass State has to be taken seriously. This young singer and songwriter put her first band together when she was 11-years-old. Recently inspired by the Trio album from Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt, she decided to write and record her own country music heartbreaker which became Barnstormer.

 

“I hope people know that I can be counted on to share raw emotions, whether it’s heartbreak or joy,” says Sinclair. “I just want it to feel as real and intimate to someone listening to the album as it felt to me when I wrote it. My hope is that these songs will speak to people on a soul level. I think it is such a liberating thing when you hear a song that understands you and what you’re going through. That’s always my goal.”

SONG PREMIERE: RHYAN SINCLAIR DEFIES THE COSMIC BLUES WITH 'RETROGRADE'

May 17, 2018

By Bobbie Jean Sawyer, WideOpenCountry.com

By the time Rhyan Sinclair was 11 years old she had already formed her own country band, All the Little Pieces, and started headlining venues in her hometown of Lexington, Ky. Now, still in her teens, Sinclair is gearing up to release her debut solo album Barnstormer (out June 22).

 

The album, which Sinclair co-produced, is a striking collection of songs that recall the Appalachian-born heartbreak and perseverance of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt’s timeless Trio album.

 

Sinclair cites the album as a major inspiration, along with the music of Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks and Maria McKee of the influential alt-country band Lone Justice. But Sinclair says the album’s first single, the groovy “Retrograde,” which Wide Open Country is premiering today, stems from another group that built their sound on dreamy harmonies.

RHYAN SINCLAIR ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'BARNSTORMER'

May 16, 2018

By GoSeeLiveMusic.co

Kentucky native Rhyan Sinclair announces her highly anticipated, solo debut album, Barnstormer, set for release onJune 22, 2018. Recorded in both Nashville with Sean Giovanni at The Record Shop and Lexington, Kentucky with Jason Groves at Sneak Attack Recording Co., Sinclair’s desire to make a deeply personal connection with listeners is evident by her thoughtful lyrics and refined harmonies.

GHOST TOUR INSPIRES ALBUM FOR ‘RHYAN SINCLAIR & ALL THE LITTLE PIECES’

May 24, 2017

By Matt Wickstrom, Big Blue Tunes

It’s not often that you hear of a musician writing a concept album centered around an 1800s legend, but if you knew Rhyan Sinclair you’d understand her musical stylings are far from ordinary.

 

Sinclair, the 16-year-old frontwoman for Lexington-based Rhyan Sinclair & All the Little Pieces pens music heavily influenced by Jack White, Nora Jones, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Cyndi Lauper and more. Forming the group when she was only 11, Sinclair was writing music that fit the mold of a big band, resulting in a carousel of musicians performing with All the Little Pieces over the years along with occasional solo performances from Sinclair.

ALL THE LITTLE PIECES' RHYAN SINCLAIR CREATES A CONCEPT ALBUM ABOUT LAVINIA FISHER

March 29, 2017

By Vincent Harris, Charleston City Paper

All the Little Pieces' Rhyan Sinclair creates a concept album about Lavinia Fisher

FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT THEIR MUSIC ON THE RECORD

January 26, 2017

By Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald-Leader

“There is so much of your heart, hard work and time that goes into a record, and there’s a ton of build-up to that moment when you can finally hold it in your hand,” Sinclair said. “It’s incredibly surreal. I got to tour Musicol in Columbus, where our vinyl was pressed and pick up the vinyl records. Watching them press those records one at a time makes each one feel so special.”

ALL THE LITTLE PIECES BRINGS HAUNTED LEGEND TO LIFE ON NEW ALBUM

October 28, 2016

By Jordan Simonson, Lexington Herald-Leader

“It started by wanting to write a song about Lavinia,” Sinclair said. “But it just kept expanding. I had a few previous songs written (for a future album) that fit in like puzzle pieces to the story that I wanted to tell.”

The concept album “The Legend of Lavinia Fisher” begins in the present “with a traveler who wants to get out of the small town he’s in,” she said. “The road he’s on shifts to the past, and he ends up at the Six Mile Wayfarer’s House. The rest of the album is Lavinia.”

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THE LEGEND OF LAVINIA FISHER

Smoke & Tornadoes - All the Little Pieces
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All Your Friends - All the Little Pieces
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Passport Stamp - All the Little Pieces
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Run Away (feat. Fats Kaplin) - All the Little Pieces
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Blood and Bones - All the Little Pieces
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The Traveler's Lullaby - All the Little Pieces
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Just Sane Enough - All the Little Pieces
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The Mask - All the Little Pieces
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Figure You Out - All the Little Pieces
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Deadly Beloved (feat. Carl Verheyen) - All the Little Pieces
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Lavinia's Song - All the Little Pieces
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When the Shadows Come - All the Little Pieces
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