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Worthington Daily Globe Story

Another local paper wrote a story in relation to my upcoming show.  Read on below.

Path of Greatest Resistance: Knorr seeks to grow fan base, expose more people to his music

By: Beth Rickers, Worthington Daily Globe

DES MOINES, Iowa — This Iowa city isn’t exactly a hotbed for musical endeavors, but Ryan Knorr is using a unique tactic to launch his musical career while living and working in Des Moines. He’s posted his music on the video sharing website YouTube and has garnered a significant online following.

“I started getting more viewers and comments and thought, well, maybe this is something I should continue doing,” he explained. “At first I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it, just waited to see what would happen. As I learned more about it — it’s about finding the right songs to post at the right time — it really started to blossom. When I got 100,000 views on one of my videos, I decided maybe it was working. Since then I’ve tried to do things on a regular basis, adding my own original stuff.”

About a year ago, Ryan reached the milestone of more than 1 million total views on YouTube, and he continues to gain thousands of views every day.

Fulda foundation

Ryan had his first taste of performing at a tender age, while growing up in Fulda, the son of Mike and Joy Obermoller Knorr.

“I remember when I was in kindergarten, that was when I first noticed that I could sing, or somebody noticed I could sing,” he recalled. “I sang at my kindergarten graduation. That was my first performance.”

Those musical talents were bolstered with seven or eight years of piano lessons, and then Ryan taught himself to play the guitar during high school. He began writing music as a freshman or sophomore at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

“I was pretty typical — a good student in high school, but when I went on to college, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it,” he said. “I started in mass communications there, but I was still really interested in music.”

During a conversation with a music professor, the idea was planted for a new major at Buena Vista.

“He had a background in recording, had his own studio at one time, and he said he’d really like to get a program started involving recording,” Ryan related. “We worked together, put together some things, submitted something to the school, and they decided to start a program, so I moved over to that.”

In 2007, Ryan and one of his buddies were the first two Buena Vista graduates with a degree in music production and technology.

Down to Des Moines

It wasn’t music but love that took Ryan to Des Moines. He met wife-to-be Kelsey at Buena Vista.

“She was one year older than me,” he explained. “We were in music things together and had similar friends. She graduated in 2006. Since she’s originally from Carroll, Iowa, she decided to move down to Des Moines. I had one year left, so when I graduated and still didn’t have any real big job plans, I moved to Des Moines and have been here ever since.”

To pay the bills and get benefits, Ryan is employed as a custodian at a high school. But he considers music his second full-time job, and he puts a lot of effort into it. He recorded his first album in 2004 — before he knew what he was doing, Ryan noted — and a second CD, “Reverie,” in 2007. His most recent release, a 14-song CD, is titled “The Path of Greatest Resistance.” The initial tracks were first recorded in his home studio, then he moved to The Sonic Factory Studio in Des Moines to work with session players on the bass and drum tracks.

While he does cover other performers’ songs, Ryan focuses on coming up with original material.

“Mainly, for me, it just starts out with playing,” he said about the songwriting process. “My brain is always sparking whenever I’m playing the guitar or piano. Maybe I’ll even be playing the same thing I did yesterday, but I’ll hear it differently than I did before. It’s usually finding some sort of progression or thing on the guitar that interests me, then that sparks my brain to hear a melody over that, then I start thinking about the lyrics.

“I start to write down everything going through my head,” Ryan continued. “Sometimes it doesn’t make any sense, but I keep sifting through it. Sometimes it’s really easy; I’ll have a song in a half an hour, and it makes sense to me. Sometimes it’s not that easy. There are songs that I’ll get three-quarters of the way done, and there are two or three lines that don’t seem right.”

Growing gigs

In addition to getting his music out on YouTube, Ryan tries to perform for a live audience whenever possible.

“Over the summer I did quite a few things,” he said. “I did a show in northern Canada, on what is like a reservation up there. They randomly found me online and have this festival every year. They contacted me, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to do. … I also played at the South Dakota State Fair. That was kind of a rainy day, so I only did one set, but I hope to get back there next year.”

In September, Ryan had a gig at BenLee’s in downtown Worthington, and a repeat performance is planned for Nov. 27. As a solo singer-songwriter, he describes his music as “acoustic rock.” He hopes more opportunities for performing will open up throughout the Upper Midwest.

“My main goal has always been to get to the point where I can do the music thing full-time,” he said. “I’m getting closer and closer to it, but I’m not quite there yet. That’s my first and foremost goal. We’re also working on putting together a group. That’s on the agenda for next summer, so we can go out and play a little bit more with that, along with the solo things.”

Whether online, as a solo performer or as part of a group, Ryan wants to get his music out in the public realm, where people can listen to and appreciate it.

“I’m a do-it-yourself artist, and it’s challenging but also rewarding in that I control my own destiny,” he reflected. “I don’t make music for fame or fortune; I just want to be able to reach out and connect to people with my songs.”

Ryan Knorr will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at BenLee’s Café, 212 10th St., downtown Worthington. For more information about his music, go to

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Holiday Special Offer

It’s that time of year again when shoppers are going crazy trying to find the best deals of the season.  To get you in the holiday shopping spirit right along with them, I have come up with a very special offer involving my music and my online music store.

Starting right now through the end of day on November 26th, all of the music in my online store will be 50% off. That’s right, half price!  So if you haven’t grabbed my latest album yet, want to check out some of my older works, or if you are interested in giving my music to a friend or family member as a gift, this is your chance to do so at the best price possible!

It’s very simple to grab the 50% off special offer.  First, just hit the “Store” link at the top of this site.  Then, all you need to do is enter the code save50 when you go through the checkout process.  Remember that I ship worldwide so no need to worry there.  I’ve still got a few limited edition packages available as well, so keep that in mind if you would like a signed poster and signed hard copy CD.

Once again thank you so much for supporting my music.  This past year has been a transition point in what I envision will be even better things to come in 2011.  I wish you and your family the best during the holiday season.

Take care,

Ustream Command Center

I wanted to give you a “behind-the scenes” look at my audio setup for my ustream show tonight. Here’s a couple of photos.

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Fulda Free Press Story

With my upcoming show back in my home area, the hometown paper did a story to help get the word out.  Check it out below.

Knorr to present concert in Worthington

You’ve probably heard of YouTube. Perhaps you’ve even viewed some of the works on the site. But did you know that you can listen to the original music of former Fulda resident, Ryan Knorr, on YouTube? Better still, on Saturday, November 27th, Knorr will present a concert at Benlee’s, Worthington, MN. Show time is at 7 p.m. and he will be performing original music from his most recent album, “The Path of Greatest Resistance” and sharing the stories behind his songs.

Knorr, Waukee, Iowa, is making a name for himself as a songwriter-singer. Currently, he tallies 1.5 million video views on YouTube. He has gained fans from all over the world. Fan comments exclaim about the easy to listen to lyrics and Knorr’s soothing voice.

Knorr is the son of Joy and Mike Knorr. He graduated from Fulda High School in 2003. Early on, Knorr knew that music was an art form that he wanted and needed in his life. He learned to play piano and taught himself to play guitar.

Upon graduation, Knorr had choices to make. Really wanting to study music, he considered going to a technical college that focused on music and recording. But, he also knew that he would need a good job to pay for all of the necessities of life.

Knorr chose to attend Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa, and studied mass communications. While in college, Knorr, along with a music professor on campus, proposed the idea to create a Music Production and Technology Program. The directors of the college accepted the proposal and a new career path was laid for Knorr. He graduated with a Music Production and Technology degree.

“What prompted me to go in the direction of being a musician was that it just felt like what I was supposed to do with my life,” Knorr stated. “It took me a while to arrive at that conclusion, but eventually I had to recognize that I was given specific talents and I had to use those talents to the best of my ability. For a long time I searched for a different career path because I knew of the long and hard road that music would lead me down, but somehow it kept calling me back until I eventually gave in and put my whole heart into pursuing it.”

In 2004, Knorr recorded his first album entitled “Emotion.”

Upon graduation from college, Knorr moved to Des Moines, Iowa. This move allowed him to be closer to his bride-to-be, Kelsey, who is a native of Carroll, Iowa. The couple married on September 22nd, 2007.

“Just a few days before I was to get married, I sat alone in my apartment, strumming on the guitar when a certain line caught my ear. A melody followed and I scribbled down some phrases on a sheet of paper. At that moment, “What About Me” was born. The song was written out of sheer confusion about what life brings our way,” Knorr said. It was that same day that Knorr decided to record a video of himself playing the new song and he uploaded it to YouTube.

“Recording for YouTube was a good way for me to show my family and friends my latest musical creations,” Knorr commented.

What happened was that the song accumulated a few video views. Then the encouraging comments began and Knorr realized that YouTube was a promotional tool that he could easily utilize.

In 2007, he recorded his second album entitled “Reverie.”

Just when Knorr felt things were “looking up” with his music, he experienced several months of no drive and no passion in the area of his music. His guitar ended up in a corner of the closet while he searched for a “more realistic career path…one that would leave music out of the picture for good.” Then one day, Knorr took his guitar out of the closet and wrote a new song entitled “Isle of Eroding Sand.”

“The song “Isle of Eroding Sand” is sort of about holding on to what’s left, even though it seems like the ground is washing away underneath your feet,” Knorr commented. “For me as an artist, there’s always a fear that when I haven’t written anything new in a while that maybe I won’t remember how or the magic will be gone and I’ll have writer’s block forever. It seems extreme, but that fear does come into play and sometimes I think it actually inspires my mind to dig a little deeper and come up with something fresh.”

Knorr added more of his original songs to YouTube, and his fan base continued to grow.

“The video and internet thing was something that I never really expected. Once I started to see views and positive comments, it definitely pushed me forward and gave me the confidence to know that I could continue on the musical path,” Knorr stated. “Without those things, I’m not sure if I would have had the will-power to continue. Regionally, and even locally, it has still been difficult for me to get my name out there, and yet someone in Europe or Australia will email me and tell me that they love my music. The only reason they know me is because of watching my videos on YouTube, so that has been essential to my music career so far. It’s grown into a fan-base who have pushed me to continue working on new, original music, and who really created a demand for me to finish my latest album because I knew I had fans waiting to hear it.”

In December of 2009, Knorr booked studio time and began planning a new full-arrangement album. He also crossed over the one million mark in total video views with viewers from all over the world.

Early in 2010, Knorr’s most recent album, “The Path of Greatest Resistance” began production. He recorded several of the initial tracks in his home studio and then went to The Sonic Factory Studio, Des Moines, to work with the bass recordings and drum tracks.

Even though Knorr is seeing fan numbers grow, it is the satisfaction of sharing his talent with fans that upholds his talent and pushes him to hone his musical skills.
“Honestly, I think that the reason I was so afraid to pursue music at first was because I knew how difficult it would be,” Knorr said. “It’s not necessarily that I didn’t believe that I had talent, but talent alone doesn’t necessarily get you anywhere in the world of the music business. What has also changed is that music is moving away from huge labels and record contracts, and back to the independent artists. If this were even 20 years ago, I probably wouldn’t be pursuing music at all. I would have had to move to a huge market (New York, LA, etc) and would have tried to get noticed there out of the masses of others that were doing the same thing. Today the internet has changed that and I have a shot at creating a career on my own. I am able to market myself online and go directly to the fans. The downside of this is that the internet allows anyone to do this. So now the market is flooded with musicians trying to make new fans and trying to get noticed in that vast sea of the internet that is even bigger than those huge cities of LA and New York. As an independent artist, it’s constant work to keep up with the marketing side of things and still continue to create new art for the fans. I’m the artist. I record the music and mix and master a lot of it in my home studio. I do the booking and management aspects on my own. I do the marketing and public relations work on my own. That’s a lot to handle but in the end it allows me to control my own destiny without a huge company telling me what I can and can’t do with my own music.”

By Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press staff writer

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