From the age of eight Ryan Hoyle knew he wanted to be a professional drummer. “I was snooping around in my dad’s closet and found a pair of drumsticks and a practice pad. From that point on I was hooked.”
At thirteen, Hoyle and his family moved from Anaheim to Seattle where he landed his first gig with a Christian recording artist.
After graduating from high school, Hoyle enrolled in the prestigious Percussion Performance program at the University of North Texas.
In 1998, Hoyle left U.N.T. and landed a gig with one of the most prominent show bands in Texas, Le Freak.
“Le Freak was truly the most amazing professional experience I could have had at that stage of my career,” he said. From 1998 to 2001, Hoyle played worldwide with Le Freak for audiences as large as 25,000. His performances earned him recognition from Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazines, making his presence felt in the drumming community.
After five years in Dallas, Hoyle moved to Nashville with the intent to focus his energy entirely on a career in the studio.
“When I moved to Nashville I really felt like I was starting from scratch again in many ways. I knew very few people in town but I had this vision for myself and I just went about learning as much as I could about how to make a song really come to life”, he said. While in Nashville, Hoyle recorded with artists such as Bela Fleck, The Warren Brothers, and Sherrie Austin, as well as toured with many country artists including Jamie O’Neal, Tammy Cochran, and Lila McCann. His high profile career in Nashville paid off, and in 2003 Hoyle met Ed Roland, Collective Soul frontman, through a mutual friend.
In October 2003, Hoyle began working with multi-platinum selling rock artists Collective Soul, recording eight of the eleven drum/percussion tracks on their 2004 release, “Youth”. Hoyle has since toured exclusively with the band, performing in hundreds of sold out shows around the globe. Highlights have included an appearance on the WB’s hit show “Charmed”, featured songs on both “Cursed” and “Bee Season” movie soundtracks, as well as multiple performances on the “Late Late Show” and “The Tonight Show”. As the newest member of Collective Soul, Hoyle quickly gained favor among the fans and is featured in “Home”; a greatest hits DVD of the band performing alongside the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and in their newest release “Afterwords”.
Following two-years of touring in support of “Youth”, the band decided to take a well needed break. During this time, Hoyle seized the opportunity to join Free, Bad Company, and Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers on his sold-out UK tour. This experience yielded a full-length live concert CD and DVD entitled “Live in Glasgow” that was released in May 2007 and certified gold in Canada.
When not on tour, Hoyle continues his relentless session schedule making his drumming accessible to the world via his website “Live Drum Tracks.com” and his world-class recording studio in Los Angeles called “Cave”
Ryan Hoyle’s Live Drum Tracks.com is a collaborative service that features made-to-order custom drum tracks providing an affordable alternative for artists, composers, and producers worldwide who need major-label quality drum tracks delivered to their inbox.
Ryan has recently performed and recorded tracks for Pet Shop Boys, David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Deborah Gibson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Guitar Hero 5, Alice Cooper, Christopher Guest, American Idol, themes for ABC’s “Boston Med”, FX’s “Terriers” and Fox Sport’s “Speed Center”, and is currently on the scoring team for ABC’s “Castle” and Fox’s “The Chicago Code”.
“My ultimate goal is simple,” says Hoyle, “For every day that I’m alive on this planet I want to continue to learn so that everyday I can truly make music to my full potential.”
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