About Ronan Tynan
Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day Renaissance Man. Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and zest. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mothers advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams.
Ronan Tynan’s latest effort, The Dawning of the Day, is a collection of faith-based songs that are an extension of Ronan’s artistic and spiritual being. Set for release on September 26th, this follow-up to his self-titled Decca debut features the production of multiple Grammy®-winner Brown Bannister, known for his work with several artists including Amy Grant, and who Tynan describes as having a tremendous understanding of faith-driven music. The album contains the tracks Morning Has Broken (Duet with Vince Gill), Dawning of the Day, and God Bless America.
It became clear to Ronan after the release of his first album that he had a gift for faith-based songs, and The Dawning of the Day represents his quest to fully realize his musical potential. Im really proud of this album, Tynan says. I worked with an amazing team which I think comes through on everything from the arrangements to the selection of songs. Ronan is especially pleased with the title track, confessing that its his favorite song on the album.
Recording in Nashville with his good friend Vince Gill proved to be a thrilling experience for Ronan. Vince is a fantastic guy with an incredible voice and is so easy to work with. He wrote Go Rest High, which is one of my favorite songs on the album. Echoes of Ronans renowned motivational speeches can be heard in the album; Going Home, in particular, touches on the themesfundamentals of family, encouragement, and the value of beliefof his talks. Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., having presented nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations. If the goal of Ronan was to reach everyone, the goal of The Dawning of the Day is to display the wondrous versatility of Tynans voice and the steadfastness of his faith. Still, Tynan declares that The Dawning of the Day is an album for everyone. No matter what religion or orientation you are, Tynan claims, this album can touch you in a deep and emotional way.
Tynans singing offered the gentlest consolation at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan in the summer of 2004, when an international TV audience of more than 35 million heard him sing Amazing Grace and Schuberts Ave Maria, at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan. Ronan is also famous for being the voice of the New York Yankees; his performances of God Bless America at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch have been nothing short of unforgettable.
Ronans ability to simultaneously console and inspire is well-documented. In the wake of 9/11, the men and women of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department and their families have been able to count on Ronan Tynans abiding concern and beautiful voice. Ronan has performed at benefits and memorial services for New Yorks Finest and Bravest, and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the tragedy.
Of course, there have been plenty of joyous moments in Ronans career as well. In the spring of 2004, the Belmont Stakes got off to a rollicking start when Tynana passionate horseman himselfchristened the race with a ringing rendition of New York, New York. This is of particular interest marking the first time ever in Belmonts 30-year history that a singer was invited to perform live as they traditionally play the version recorded by Frank Sinatra. Tynan has performed for countless dignitaries worldwide including the wedding of New Yorks former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Judith Nathan on the grounds of Gracie Mansion. His voice also brightened the 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush in the summer of 2004 in Houston.
In the spring of 2005, Ronan released his self-titled debut album, which began a new era in his career. I think it shows a greater versatility than any other album Ive done, Tynan has said. I wanted to sing a greater variety of music and spread my wings a bit, make a move out of the classic Irish tenor vein. The album contains the heartfelt Passing Through, which honors Ronans mother, whose vibrant spirit has been taken away by the long night of Alzheimers disease. Ronan debuted #2 on Billboards Classical Crossover Chart, just behind Josh Groban, and was the 8th best-selling classical crossover album of 2005. It also reached #2 on the World Album Chart and peaked at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Chart. His career has also been well-documented with appearances on Primetime Live, Good Morning America, the Hour of Power, 700 Club, Fox & Friends and many other high-profile television shows.
Though Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy, he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. His quick success is a typical development in a life of extraordinary achievement. Born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Tynan was still as wild as a March hare when he was a growing boy, riding horses and racing motorcycles. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records of which he still holds nine.
The determination instilled in Ronan by his parents, a diminutive couple with gigantic ambitions for their son, soon propelled him to conquer a whole new field. Tynan became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education. He later became a full-fledged medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College.
Ronan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccinis Madame Butterfly, and cut his teeth on the concert repertoire in performances of Verdis Requiem, Mendelssohns Elijah, Handels Messiah, Rossinis Stabat Mater, and Puccinis Messa di Gloria. In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation. His autobiography Halfway Home was published in February of 2002.
The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now, and he considers New York his home away from home. New York is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on, Tynan marvels. If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want. The thing I love about New York and the states is that there are so many people who want you to do well. They will you to do well. They encourage you, and they rejoice in your success. Thats a great virtue. I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing, he says. And while Tynan claims that America has given me so much more than Ill ever be able to give back, those who have soaked in the stirring beauty of The Dawning of the Day may well just have to disagree.