By Emily Buss
Commanding attention in a very male-dominated music scene, female powerhouse Ryanne Noelle is making damn sure you hear her out. As one of the local scenes female-led groups, she is making a name for not only herself but her band as well. Singing lead vocals for the rock band 7th Ascent, Ryanne Noelle and band mates have taken their talents to new heights. From music videos and album signing parties, Ryanne Noelle and her band are making their names known. Music has given her the chance to show off what she’s got, and alongside 7th Ascent, she’s got it all.
CBS Minnesota: So, Ryanne, briefly explain to me who you are and what you do.
Ryanne: I’m real. I’m true. I’m Ryanne Noelle. I’m soon-to-be 26 years old. I was born in California to two wonderful people, Laurie and Tim, and raised here in Minnesota. I’m a singer, songwriter, and semi-decent musician. I’m self-taught, with my dad’s help, on the piano and guitar. I currently sing lead vocals for the Minneapolis rock group 7th Ascent. We’re pretty much the coolest thing ever, if I do say so myself. But, I totally could be biased. You decide.
CBS Minnesota: How did you get your start here in Minneapolis?
Ryanne: It all started with my dad who is a musician and he is where I caught my “music gene.” So my childhood was submerged in music. After high school I regularly attended karaoke nights at local restaurants and ran into a group who called themselves The Sole City. They invited me to join them as their piano player and after the first practice my titled was changed to singer. It was a very diverse group and the females of the group had some seriously ridiculous pipes and ridiculously amazing vocal talent. As they pushed me and challenged me to keep up with them, my singing style, influence, and stage presence slowly evolved. If it wasn’t for those lovely individuals of The Sole City, I wouldn’t be the vocalist and performer I am today.
CBS Minnesota: What is what you are doing here in the Twin Cities so important?
Ryanne: Music is my passion. Singing is my life. It’s my therapy, my public diary. I sing with soul, my heart and hope that the end product is something that moves people, connects with them, and hopefully makes a difference in their lives.
CBS Minnesota: What is your favorite thing about working in this music scene?
Ryanne: I think it’s a combination of the following. One, having being ridiculed my entire school life. I finally have the opportunity to prove to those who always said I’d be nothing, that I am something. So getting to perform where I grew up, that’s definitely a possibility. And, two, getting to work and perform with some seriously amazing artists and bands. I’ve had the privilege to work with three Minneapolis hip hop artists, and I even got to do a music video with on of them, Mike Dreams. And, I’ve absolutely loved every second of it. I adore my band, and I am with them 100 percent. But, I’ve also enjoyed working on these side projects as a solo artist.
CBS Minnesota: Five-second shameless plug … GO!
Ryanne: You can find me regularly flexing my vocal chords with my band, 7th Ascent. Find us on Youtube, Facebook, and iTunes or at 7thascent.com. You may also find my solo music page and projects at facebook.com/ryannenoelleofficialpage.
Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at ontherechord.com, on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.