Ryan McAllister has been writing, recording and producing music for the past decade. His career began as singer/songwriter for the band Dakona. In 2001, the
young Vancouver quartet was the subject of a seven label bidding war, and eventually signed with Madonna’s Maverick Records. In 2003 Dakona released Perfect Change and toured North America extensively,
performing with Lifehouse, Michelle Branch, Third Eye Blind, Jason Mraz, Tonic, Better Than Ezra and others. In 2007 he co-founded indie/alt/folk trio Cowboys & Indians, a band that continues to fill venues in Western Canada. McAllister's music has charted in both Canada & the US and has had dozens of film & TV placements.
Today McAllister runs Room & Board, a recording studio a few steps from his home in a sleepy corner of the Fraser Valley -- and there is nowhere he would rather be. He has taught himself the art of producing and recording, and has written plenty of music along the way. He released his debut solo album, Music for a Rainy Town, in April 2011. It is a rich, diverse record that covers the genre gamut between pop, old time gospel, and straight-up rock and roll. The 12 tracks reflect a seasoned maturity that offers insight to McAllister’s personal evolution in the last decade, and deliver engaging melodies and lyrics steeped in imagery. In March, McAllister played two packed showcases at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His song, This Black Heart, has made the Top 10 in Vancouver radio station The Shore 104 FM’s Song Search, and McAllister has plans to support the release of Music for a Rainy Town with a series of shows in BC and Alberta this summer and fall.