The big labels haven't launched a bidding war over Ryan Lindsey just yet, but his music has caught some important industry ears this year, landing his songs on the soundtracks of a major motion picture and episodes of two network TV series.
His tunes have found favor with no less than Van Dyke Parks, legendary composer and frequent collaborator with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys ("Heroes and Villains,” "Sail On Sailor”), who arranged Lindsey's signing with a major music publishing house.
"(My manager) actually knew Van Dyke back in the day and sent my record to him and he actually loved it,” Lindsey said. "It blew my mind.”
His deal with Bug Music Publishing "has really gotten the ball rolling on a lot of these things,” he said.
And thanks to Chris Douridas of KCRW in Los Angeles, Lindsey's "Let's Go Out” can be heard on the soundtrack of Nanette Burstein's feature-length documentary "American Teen.” Douridas had been giving airplay to Lindsey's independently released 2006 solo album, "White Paper Beds” for quite some time.
Meanwhile, Lindsey's "An Introspective Personality” was used on an episode of the CBS comedy "Welcome to the Captain,” and his song "Open Late” was heard on a recent episode of the CW's "One Tree Hill.”
Lindsey has also signed a licensing deal allowing Starbucks Coffee to play his music in their stores, and another of his album tracks, "Put Your Trust in Ross,” is being included on the Starbucks compilation album, "Have You Heard.