Ryan Ahlwardt (pronounced "all-wert") served as a member & music director of SNC at IU from 1999 to 2003. He has performed internationally as a singer/songwriter & guitarist, released three independent albums on iTunes, and shared the stage with such artists as The Beach Boys, Martin Sexton, and Gabe Dixon to name a few. Ryan currently resides outside of Indianapolis with his wife (also an Indiana University grad & alumna of Ladies First, IU's women's a cappella group) and their cat Rusty, who doesn't smell as much as he used to but still sheds like crazy. Voice Part: Tenor 1
Songwriting, playing guitar, cooking, reading, journaling, camping, playing Dr. Mario on old-school Nintendo, yard work, yoga, driving, making Rusty chase around a laser light
Ryan Louis Ahlwardt
August 11, 1981
Currently Living In:
It's either a hotel room, tour bus, or (the best by far) my own home.
Random impersonations, useless trivia, SNC chaplain
Favorite SNC College Memory:
The curtain call of my senior year Spring Concert in the IU Auditorium, opening for The Temptations, singing the National Anthem at the Brickyard 400, and, of course, meeting my wife (aww).
James Taylor, John Mayer, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Beach Boys, Four Freshmen, Chet Baker, Nickel Creek, CSNY, Martin Sexton, America, Jason Mraz, Little River Band
Favorite Songs to Perform Live:
Anything off mic! The Movie Medley and Fix You are always fun to sing, too.
Favorite Place You've Traveled:
Tie between British Columbia, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark. On any SNC tour, though, it's a tie between between Napa, CA and Oregon. Boston's great, too!
Favorite Things in General:
God, being with my wife, catching up with my family, listening to music, learning about music, talking about music, basset hounds, grilling, road trips, beef jerky, clean laundry, sleep, traveling...
What Magazines/Periodicals do you read consistently?:
Name Your Top 5 Favorite Foods:
1. My wife's stir fry 2. My Dad's barbecue chicken 3. My mother-in-law's chicken salad 4. My Nana's chocolate chip cookies 5. Dagwood's Supreme sandwich in B-town (+ sprouts and green peppers)
Name Your Top 5 Favorite Books:
1. The Bible 2. This is Your Brain on Music (Levitin) 3. Through Painted Deserts (Miller) 4. On the Road (Kerouac) 5. Long Ago and Far Away (James Taylor’s biography by Timothy White) 6. The Shack (Paul Young) 7. The Songwriting Secrets of The Beatles (Dominic Pedler) 8. Love Does (Bob Goff)
Name Your Top 5 Favorite Movies:
1. Dead Poet’s Society 2. Best in Show 3. Return of the Jedi 4. Back to the Future 5. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 6. Good Will Hunting
Name Your Top 5 Favorite Bands/Artists:
1. James Taylor 2. The Beach Boys 3. The Beatles 4. Sam Cooke 5. John Mayer
Name Your Top 5 Favorite Songs:
How about Top 15? 1. God Only Knows (Beach Boys) 2. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (Four Freshmen) 3. Reminiscing (Little River Band) 4. Copperline (James Taylor) 5. Tracing (John Mayer) 6. Nip Sip (The Clovers) 7. Fix You (Coldplay) 8. Doubting Thomas (Nickel Creek) 9. I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt) 10. But Not For Me (Chet Baker) 11. Wildflowers (Tom Petty) 12. End of the Innocence (Don Henley) 13. Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys) 14. For No One (Beatles) 15. Three Roses (America)