By Michelle Mass | June 2, 2017 | People
Singer Bianca Ryan immediately soared into the spotlight after winning the competition on the show, America’s Got Talent. Here, we caught up with Ryan to chat about her upcoming EP and her summer concert series.
In 2006, Bianca Ryan won the first ever America’s Got Talent contest at the young age of 11—and it hasn't been the same since. After undergoing vocal cord surgery, Ryan is returning to the scene with "One Day," a song off her forthcoming EP, debuting this summer. We sat down with the Philadelphia native to see what she has been up to since winning one of the biggest reality shows ever, and where she loves to hang out in the City of Brotherly Love.
How has life changed for you since winning America's Got Talent?
BIANCA RYAN: A ton! My life has been a whirlwind for the last 10 years, since America's Got Talent! I've been able to continue on with my dream of being a singer/songwriter, and it's given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in this industry who have shaped me into the artist that I am today. I just feel incredibly honored to have been able to see so much of the world that I would never have if I didn't run in line for a TV show audition.
You were just 11 years old when you were on the show. How has your music style changed in the last few years?
BR: My music hasn't always been 100 percent me. I am just so excited and—to be honest—a little bit nervous to release all of this new music this year. It was written by me, which is an incredible feeling. I want everyone to hear my voice and to be able to relate to their own personal lives through mine. I would definitely say my music has matured over time, and the music this year is going to be the most relevant sound anyone has ever heard from me.
As a Philly native, what are your favorite things to do and see? What are your favorite restaurants to visit?
BR: I love Philly! I grew up in northeast Philadelphia, and I went to school in Downtown Philly on Broad Street. I love walking around downtown and re-exploring Walnut and Chestnut streets, and Rittenhouse Square. Every year, I always make it a point to go to the Philadelphia Zoo, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Love Park. Of course, I love my Philly cheesesteaks and one of my favorite diners is The Dining Car in northeast Philly! The Jewish apple cake is amazing.
What’s your favorite part about performing in your hometown?
BR: That my family and friends can come out and see me! I love seeing them in the audience and getting to chat with everyone afterwards. I have such a supportive fan base here in Philly, and I appreciate each and every person. There's just something about going back to your roots.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
BR: Oh, there are so many artists that I would love to collaborate with, but I definitely would say Meghan Trainor. The Chainsmokers and Max Martin would definitely be at the top also. I've been extremely fortunate since winning AGT to collaborate with some of the music industry's biggest icons. I've written songs with Quincy Jones, Glen Ballard, David Foster, Diane Warren, and Siedah Garrett, and I've been fortunate enough to share the stage with legends like Jennifer Holliday, Prince, and so many of my heroes. There's nothing like two creative people collaborating on an original piece of work or performing together.
Photo by Mike Leddy