Ryan Valdiviez’s musical carrier started at the age of 12, when he decided to start playing bass for his youth group on Wednesday nights. After playing festivals, church gigs, and worship services with his youth worship band, he decided to play bass and guitar in a secular band with his closest friends from High School, which performed for local High School dances, community, and youth events for almost 3 years. But it was not until the age of 17 that Ryan decided he wanted to only use his abilities to glorify God. So in the midst of a heart-wrenching decision, Ryan went to each band member and shared what God had placed in his heart.
“At the time I was terrified what my friend’s might think about me,”
“I knew my reasons were valid, I just hoped I was not coming across with a ‘holier-than-thou’ attitude. I just wanted to be obedient. ”
To Ryan’s surprise, his band mates were in complete understanding with his purpose and reasoning for leaving the band.
“After that meeting with my band mates, I knew God had destined me to use my gifts and talents to only serve the kingdom.”
That decision to perform music to only glorify God would be a landmark foundation that Ryan would build upon continuously in his ministry opportunities to come.
After that year, Ryan Valdiviez began writing and performing his songs that communicate feelings that go along with coming of age and a loss of one’s innocence. In the winter of 2003, Ryan composed and recorded a 5 song EP called “Pasadena 1968.” After that EP was released, Ryan continued to write and record new material. In the fall of 2005, Ryan composed and recorded a 10 song LP called “Training for Fire.” After a brief hiatus to focus on Student Ministry, Ryan has continued to compose over 100+ songs to date. More recently, Ryan released a 5 song EP called “The Split Awakening.”
“I decided to call this EP the split awakening due to the mindset God had been working in me through the writing process of these worship and rock songs. I had always been told, if you want to put out a worship record, it must have ALL worship songs on it. But through my time with God, He had birthed this idea of doing all out rock and worship songs on 1 EP. So in short, “Split,” meaning the stylistic approach to rock songs and worship songs on 1 EP, and “Awakening,” the revelation from God that I can do ALL things through Christ despite what culture tells me. Don’t defy the status quo, SET the status quo.”
Ryan’s Influences consist of Jeff Buckley, Muse, Radiohead, Ascend The Hill, Carpark North, Mew, and many other European rock outfits. Playing a number of shows throughout the years, Ryan has toured through New York’s Rockland County, Northwest Ohio/SE Michigan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand playing in various venues from clubs to prisons. Ryan Valdiviez has shared stages with Jeremy Camp, Michael Gungor, Matt Maher, Relient K, Sanctus Real, Everyday Sunday, and many more.