He’s in People on Vacation, he was in Smile Smile, now he’s going solo, but there’s more to Ryan Hamilton than that
Growing up in the heart of Texas, it would have been hard for acoustic singer songwriter Ryan Hamilton to avoid falling in love with music. Initially tasting nationwide success with the indie folk band Smile Smile, Hamilton found himself signed to a record label and out on the road supporting several successful album releases. Their track ‘Sad Song’ received a nomination for ‘Best Folk Song in the Los Angeles Independent Music Awards’ and the band was nominated for ‘Best USA Artist’ in the Toronto Independent Music Awards.
It was whilst performing at the South by South West Festival in 2010, that Ryan metJaret Reddick (front man for Bowling For Soup). The pair struck up an unlikely friendship, which led to Reddick and Hamilton deciding to write songs together. The instant chemistry, and mutually similar influences growing up, led to the formation ofPeople On Vacation.
The demise of Smile Smile gave both Hamilton and Reddick time to focus fully on their new project. In the short time POV have been together they have already released three full length albums, an EP and toured the UK on several occasions.
Outside of music, Ryan continues to showcase his other artistic talents. Already his unique abstract pop culture paintings, or ‘Fake Ads’, have attracted attention from the world famous Thomas Crown Art Gallery who have commissioned several of his works.