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Ryan NicholsonBy Ryan Nicholson
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Ryan NicholsonBy Ryan Nicholson
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, January 11 2012 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

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HEY GUYS!!  We have only 6 Days left to reach our GOAL and PLEDGE support.  Yes, we have a big Elephant left to eat....wanna help me reach my goal and take a BITE???  Here's a new video of a song called "BLOOM" that will go on the "BEAUTIFUL DAYS" project should we meet our goal ;-)  Yes, Maddie didn't know I was recording.......If we don't meet our goal, there will be no FUNDING and therefore the project will be canceled for the immediate future.

Hello World!

                                        How have you been? 

Me?  Great!  I’m a proud “DADDY” or “Da Da” to 2 of the most beautiful lil’ girls in the world (Madelyn Grace and Ava Faith) and still husband to my amazing High School Sweetheart (Heather).  What a journey it has been. It hasn’t been easy for her being married to a “DREAMER” all these years but one thing is for sure, life is full of excitement.

Well, that was until about 8 years ago when my world came crashing down.  It was long before the girls came into the world….…before I found true purpose in my life or God.

I was going through what I’d like to call a “MID LIFE CRISIS” at 27 and Panic Attacks were ravishing my spirit…..for 2+ years, my soul crushed by the need to take a deep breath every 10 seconds.   I literally thought I was going crazy.  I didn’t know what to do…where to turn….what was I living for? 

I share this story only in hopes of bringing inspiration and light into your life if you or somebody you know is dealing with something similar……or questioning your purpose in this world....

                                             MY STORY:

 Arizona 2005 - I’m sitting in a dark and eerily quiet room talking to God….I’d never really given much thought to a higher source or power and decided now was a good time.  “GOD….if you’re out there, please take away my Anxiety….I can’t live like this….If you don’t take it away….. I will….” I repeated this over and over…..and sobbed like a baby….I was going crazy….literally….then I closed my prayer with something Grandma had always prayed…”GOD, let me live your will”. 

                                             THE 1st SIGN

That night, as I laid down to go to bed, I felt my body vibrate....an indescribable sense of PEACE overcame every cell in my body.  A peace and comfort I hadn't felt in years.  It was then, I started to feel as though I was levitating.  In a paralyzed state as my eyes were closed,  a bright light appeared along with a shadowed figure.  An angelic female voice spoke… “It’s time to move in order to accomplish what we need to accomplish”.   Wow, what the heck did that mean?   Move?  Heck no, I wasn’t leaving my house I’d only purchased 2 years prior.  Heather and I loved that house, why would we move.  Let alone move out of state.  Ask Heather and she’ll tell you there was no way I was going to move out of Arizona.  I was born and raised an Arizona boy with no plans of leaving.  Well, ya wanna hear God laugh….tell him what your plans are.

Heather was in Nebraska visiting her Grandparents during my angelic “EVENT” and wasn’t due home for another 4 days.  So I spent the week focusing on meditating and tuning in to any signs I might be given.   After you go through Anxiety and Panic Attacks like I was having, you’ll search for anything to cure you.  After all, the lady said “there was something to be accomplished” and it involved “moving”….Yay right?  Ugg…

                                      TUNING IN.....LITERALLY...

Well, little did I know that the signs would indeed come and boy did they come fast.   That first night, as I lay down to go to sleep, I decided to turn the T.V. on for a little background noise.  What came on?  CMT (for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION).   I hadn’t watched CMT ever.  I was an MTV and VH1 (POP UP VIDEO KINDA GUY).  Sure my mom listened to country music back in the day and well, I’m guilty of being a huge JUDDS and ALABAMA fan, but why was CMT on my T.V?  Let alone a program being all about a new upcoming star from “ARIZONA”?  Mr. Dierks Bentley.  I watched it in its entirety and decided to break out the computer to find out more about this guy.  The first link I clicked on was an in depth article about Dierks and his Producer Brett Beavers.  

                                              THE NEXT DAY

That next morning, I perused (big word I know) the internet for “Songwriting and Nashville” and came across NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association)….I couldn’t help but join immediately, after I read about their passion for songwriters and their rights.  Yes, that “DREAMER” you heard about earlier is a SINGER/SONGWRITER/ARTIST.   I was playing around Arizona at the time as singer of an acoustic duo named “RYNO” with my ol’ friend Pete.  Thank you “Hootie” for the nickname….and no…not the “BLOWFISH GUY” ;-)

                                   WIFE COMES HOME....FINALLY ;-)

By the time Heather came home a few days later, I was filled with excitement to let her know what had happened but decided not to tell her for a few days.  Afterall, maybe I was going crazy and just reading into things.  Or…Maybe NOT….ONLY THE FUTURE WOULD TELL….and yes, that’s coming too.

About 2 days later, I told Heather about my ANGELIC Experience and that I thought we needed to move but wasn’t sure.  Her eyes lit up and she mentioned that a few months back, she had a similar experience where the lady asked her if she’d gotten “RYAN to move to the country yet”.  Huh???  No way….

                                      ANSWERED PRAYERS

We decided that 2 prayers were better than one and prayed before bed that night.  “GOD, if we’re meant to move, please show us a sign.”  The very next morning we walked out the front door and saw an envelope that said “RYAN & HEATHER” written in BLUE MARKER.  We opened it up and……..and…….and……..are you excited yet?  O.K….it said…….”IT’S TIME TO MOVE”……What the heck…….nooooooooooooooooooo way…….that did not just happen we thought.  I know you’re wondering what else the letter said.  Well, truth be told, it was from a Real Estate Company who was marketing our home…..but they were in North Phoenix which was about an hour and a half away.  If they came all this way to put this envelope on our door then surely it was on everybody else’s door right?  NOPE….not a single door had an envelope.  And it was not on our door the night before.  I still Joke with Heather to this day that it was her ;-)

                                         MORE SIGNS....

Alright, we thought….if a sign could show up that fast, then surely we could ask where we were supposed to move to right?  Well, of course……Heather and I prayed once again that night before bed…..”GOD, if we really are supposed to move then please show us where..” it was at this moment we gave 3 locations “Los Angeles (I had an agent there),  Colorado Springs, CO (Heather’s father lived there and they have a vibrant music community) and Franklin, TN (Suburb of Nashville where my cousin and his family lived).  We woke up the next morning, had breakfast and headed out the front door.  We were shocked.  It came in the form of a DOOR HANGER that said.  “FRANKLIN arts academies, now open”.......Unbelievable….

                                      HELLO NASHVILLE

Heather and I took the next flight out to NASHVILLE, TN and hit the suburbs of Franklin, TN to find a home we could raise a future family in (though we had unsuccessfully tried for 10 years to have kids, we were content with ADOPTION).  Getting the FRANKLIN home was of course contingent upon selling our house back in Arizona. So when we got home, it’s the first thing we did….we put our beloved ARIZONA home on the market.

Never before did I believe in signs, nor did I believe in out of body experiences.  “ANGELS” or a higher source communicating to us, wanting to help guide us along this journey seemed like HOGWASH, but now I’m a believer.  Why? 

                                 WHY I'm A BELIEVER??

A few months prior to these experiences, Heather and I were walking out of FRY’s Grocery store and saw “June 9” inscribed on a license plate. For a few days, we joked about either getting pregnant or winning the lottery on June 9th…..then forgot all about it, until the day we got an offer on our house.

                                         THE OFFER

We were accepting the contract offer on our home, dotting the "I's and crossing the T's" when our next lil' miracle came.  When it was time to write in the date on the contract, I had to ask Heather what day it was.  She looked at me and said...."It's June 9th".  I got chisels up my spine.  It occured to us both in that moment that all was right in the world and we were indeed meant to make the move.  It validated and over rode any ounce of doubt that we had regarding the move and we haven't looked back. 

Within a year after arriving into Nashville, TN, Heather and I got pregnant.  Well, she did, not me…….;-) and now we have 2 little girls.

Within a year and a half, I met an amazing Artist by the name of LaineyEdwards (www.laineyedwards.com)  and started writing songs with her.  She told me her producer loved the songs we were writing and that he was going to help Produce her DEBUT ALBUM “LUCKY GIRL”.  His NAME??  Brett Beavers (YES, Dierks Bentley’s Producer)  LAINEY'S PROJECT IS INCREDIBLE, she's going the indie route as well.

                              FAST FORWARD - THE YEARS FLY BY....

The Angels said, “We have to move in order to accomplish what we need to accomplish”.  I listened.  What do we have to accomplish next?  Well, my life is now dedicated to uplifting and inspiring others along their journey based on my own experiences.  The dark moments are simply that…..moments….and they too shall pass.  I heard it best from an ol' Physical Education teacher.  She said, “don’t make a permanent decision in temporary times”.

The Anxiety and Panic Attacks have left the building.  And yes, I may be playing more HORSEY a DRESS UP than GUITAR these days, but this DREAMER hasn’t given up on the DREAM.  The DREAM to one day PRODUCE a FULL INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM in a PROFESSIONAL STUDIO (not my bedroom) and Produced by a PROFESSIONAL PRODUCER.  You can help make that DREAM come true for me and for those out there that will benefit from your generosity and be encouraged/ inspired by the ALBUM – “BEAUTIFUL DAYS”. 

                                           How it works:  

We have until January 10th, 2012 to raise the funds for this project through kickstarter.com.  If the GOAL is not reached by that Day, then the PROJECT will be forfeited and will not be funded, any donations you committed to will not be collected.  With your support however, I’m claiming we will reach it and this "BEAUTIFUL DAYS" will touch many lives.

                                     WHAT IF WE GO OVER ??

**If we raise over our GOAL amount, I’ll be able to:

-Hire more talent for the project therefore making an even better project with more depth. (i.e. string section, sequencers and other instrumentation)

-Get “SNAZZIER” packaging (yes, I made that word up)

-PROMOTE the album through the proper channels for RADIO

- TOUR and spread INSPIRATION to OTHERS

                                        HOW CAN YOU HELP??

  • DONATE to the Making of the ALBUM – “Beautiful Days”
  • SPREAD THE WORD like wildfire on your friend networking sites
  • SHARE THE PROJECT with your friends, family and co-workers
  • Share this site and ask for a pledge - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rynomusic/ryan-nicholson-needs-support-for-album-beautiful-d

Please review the AWARDS on the right side of this page and make your pledge.  There are a lot of cool opportunities you won't want to miss.  Including the opportunity to write a song with yours truly and put it on the album and come in studio.

I am forever grateful for your support and thank you in advance for sharing my story with others. 

May happiness and joy continue to find you in all your “BEAUTIFUL DAYS” ahead…..

Spread your light!

Be blessed in all you do..

Be love and love will surround you…

Inspire…

Ryan “ryno” Nicholson          

FIND ME:

www.ryannicholson.com

www.facebook.com/rynomusic

www.twitter.com/rynomusic

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