MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER * ENTERTAINER
Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of 11 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 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. Shortly after, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah.
On 1/8/2004, 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 had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia – the same battle 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.
On 12/17/13 Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was killed in action in Afghanistan 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. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel Ryan’s fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
In late 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single “Burn,” featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. “Burn” aired nationwide on The Country Network and Heartland, and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Ryan’s first music video “Crank It” played nationally on ZUUS Country TV and TNN/Heartland Network and spent 8 weeks on their Top 10 Video Countdown - a network record.
In 2017, Ryan was named 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. The Celebrate America Campaign is a season-long initiative that honors America’s heroes, inspires youth, and brings communities together. Weaver made his debut in the prime time performance slot, which was previously held by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2016. At that time, the PBR officially launched Ryan as a PBR artist and debuted his new EP entitled Celebrate America. Ryan worked closely with hit songwriter Wynn Varble on the Celebrate America EP, co-writing three of the four songs. He has toured the U.S. with the PBR, performing his songs and singing the “National Anthem.”
Ryan performed on the first single from the West Point Military Academy’s Benny Havens Band’s debut album Songs That Save Our Lives. The song was short-listed for GRAMMY Award consideration in the American Roots category. The album also featured Charlie Daniels.
Ryan is a great Motivational Speaker, using both his story and acoustic performance.
As an Entertainer, Ryan's solo performance or performing with his full band are perfect for the following types of events:
Ryan Weaver, Army
BURN: America's New Fight Song
Ryan Weaver: Crank It
Ryan Weaver: It's a Swamp Thang
Ryan Weaver: What You Think of Me
If your business or corporation is looking for a truly unique story of overcoming adversity & achieving success, Ryan will inspire you.
2019 Performances/ Speaking Engagements
· AAAA Annual Summit w/ Lee Brice //April 16, 2019, Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
· T.A.P.S Annual Convention //Memorial Weekend 2019, Arlington, Virginia
· HOTWORX Annual Convention //July 22, 2019, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
2018 Performance Highlights
· Madison Square Garden // January 6, 2018 // New York City, New York
· AT&T Stadium // February 24, 2018 // Arlington, Texas (for a record 46k in the crowd)
· Bridgestone Arena // August 17, 2018 // Nashville, Tennessee
· DUKE/Army NCAA Football Halftime Show// August 31, 2018
· PBR World Finals (T-Mobile Arena) // November 10, 2018 // Las Vegas, Nevada
Additional PBR Performances
· Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
· Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, California)
· Sprint Center (Kansas City, Missouri)
· Scottrade Center (St. Louis, Missouri)
· AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
· Dreamstyle Arena (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
· Gila River Casino Arena (Glendale, Arizona)
· Denny Sanford PREMIER Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
· Tacoma Dome (Tacoma, Washington)
· Rimrock Auto Arena (Billings, Montana)
Artists Opened For
· Charlie Daniels - 2014, 2015 and 2016
· Jack Russell’s Great White - 2016
· Warrant - 2016
· Dokken - 2016
· Kellie Pickler - 2016
· Phil Vassar - 2014
· Ty Herndon - 2014
· Jamie O’Neal - 2014
· Jason Michael Carroll - 2007 and 2012
· James Otto - 2012
· Blake Shelton - 2008
· Craig Morgan - 2008
· Darryl Worley - 2006 and 2007
· Jeffrey Steele - 2006 and 2007
· Montgomery Gentry - 2007
· Trace Adkins - 2007
· George Jones - 2006
· Tracy Lawrence - 2006
· Jamey Johnson - 2006
· Andy Griggs - 2006