Thursday July 2
Ryland James kicks off the 8th season of Play the Parks on location from his home. His voice rings out with a bold balance of passion, panache, and power coursing through everything from the verses to vibrato. His music is a fusion of gospel roots, gritty soul and anthemic pop. Ryland’s voice carried him a long way from his hometown of Deseronto to embarking on a tour throughout Canada with Alessia Cara. Returning from the road, he kicked off his biggest and boldest project with the 2019 single “In My Head.” This highlights his poetic songcraft and expansive vocal range over shuddering piano cords.