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Ryan Lewis is a popular American musician, hip-hop artist, DJ, record producer and music video director

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BirthdayMarch 25, 1988
NationalityAmerican
FamousHip Hop Artist, Musicians, DJs, Singers, Rappers
City/StateWashington
Birth PlaceSpokane, Washington, United States
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherScott Lewis
MotherJulie Lewis
Sun SignAries
Born inSpokane, Washington, United States
Famous asHip-hop Artist & DJ

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Who is Ryan Lewis?

Ryan Lewis is a popular American musician, hip-hop artist, disc-jockey, record producer and music video director. He rose to fame with singles such as ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Can’t Hold Us’, and has been labelled as rapper Macklemore’s right hand. Lewis met Macklemore on ‘Myspace’ in 2006 and began working together in 2008. Ever since their collaboration, the duo have never failed to make an impression in the music industry. Ryan’s love for music had always been a vital part of his childhood and adhering to his passion he managed to build a career around it. Beginning his career as a photographer and videographer, he went on to produce and release his own extended play. But it was majorly after his collaboration with Macklemore that his talent showed at the US music charts. From his EP ‘The VS’ to his latest album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’, Ryan is striking all the right cords. He has won eighteen music awards and several nominations spanning only a decade of career.

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Childhood & Early Life

Ryan was born to Julie and Scott Lewis on 25th March, 1988 at Spokane in Washington. He grew with his elder sisters, Teresa and Laura. Teresa is four years elder to him and Laura is two years older.

He attended ‘Ferris High School’ in Spokane, Washington, and played the guitar at a young age in rock bands along with his best mate, Ryan Sanson. He developed a growing love for music at the age of fifteen.

Ryan eventually graduated from ‘Roosevelt High School’ in Seattle, Washington and then majored in ‘Comparative History of Ideas’ from the ‘University of Washington’.

Immediately after his graduation, he began working as a photographer and videographer. With his passion for music at its peak, he produced and released his debut EP ‘Instrumentals’, comprising of four alternative hip-hop tracks.

Career

He met Ben Haggerty better known as Macklemore on the social networking site ‘Myspace’ in 2006. They became good friends, with Ryan assisting in Macklemore’s promotional photography.

Their first collaboration took place two years later in 2008, when Ryan performed with the rapper at the ‘Sasquatch Music Festival’ and ‘Outside Lands Music Festival’ in San Francisco.

The following year, Ryan released an EP alongside Macklemore titled ‘The VS’, which ranked at number seven on the iTunes hip-hop music list.

In 2010, the single ‘Stay At Home Dad’ was released on free downloads. By October, he was ready with another EP titled ‘VS Redux EP’.

On 21st January, 2011 the song ‘Wings’ hit radios all over the globe. The song received great reviews and settled at number 12 on ‘US Billboard Hot 100’.

Soon after, the track ‘Can’t Hold Us’ became a sensation amongst young music lovers, which peaked on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ music chart. The song featured guest artist Ray Dalton, and was added to a ‘Miller’ beer advertisement in both Ireland and UK.

He also released the single ‘My Oh My’ for the deceased Seattle Mariners, and performed the song for the first time on ‘Mariners Opening Day’ alongside Macklemore.

His debut album with Macklemore ‘The Heist’ released the following and included singles such as ‘Wings’, ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and ‘My Oh My’ and ‘Make the Money’.

Another single named ‘Same Love’ was released in mid-2012. The album also featured guest artist ‘Schoolboy Q’ in the song ‘White Walls’. In August, the single ‘Thrift Shop’ was aired on the radio.

In 2012, Lewis appeared on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’, where he performed the track ‘Same Love’ with Macklemore.

In January 2014, the hip-hop duo rendered the audience speechless with their zestful performance at the ‘56th Annual Grammy Awards’, before a year-long tour, promoting their first studio album.

By early 2015, Ryan had almost completed work on the duo’s second studio album. He announced on Twitter that the new album would release later that year.

In order to satiate the gap between the two albums, he launched a single featuring the sensational pop-star, Ed Sheeran in August, 2015 called ‘Growing Up’.

On 27th August, 2015 he released another track with Macklemore called ‘Downtown’; it featured several artists and was performed at the ‘2015 MTV Music Video Awards’. The song booked the number 12 spot on ‘Billboard Hot 100’.

Immediately after the second single, songs such as ‘Buckshot’, ‘Spoons’ and ‘Dance Off’ were released and quickly began moving up the US music charts. On 26th February, 2016 his second studio album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ was launched.

Major Works

His debut album sold over 78,000 copies in its first week and placed second on the ‘US Billboard 200’. ‘All Music’ stated that owing to Lewi’s kaleidoscope style, the album “winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar”.

The single ‘Thrift Shop’ topped 24 music charts around the globe and reserved its position for six weeks on ‘Billboard Hot 100’. It was labelled the 18th best single of the year 2012 by ‘Entertainment Weekly’.

His second album with Macklemore sold 51,000 copies in the first week of its release. It booked the first place on the ‘US Billboard Independent Albums’, ‘US Billboard R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums’ and ‘UK R&B Albums (OCC)’.

Awards & Achievements

The year 2013 brought with it several accolades for Ryan Lewis. He won the ‘Favourite Rap/ Hip-Hop Album’ for Heist and ‘Best Single of the Year’ for ‘Thrift Shop’ at the ‘American Music Awards’.

Amongst other awards of 2013, he won the ‘Independent breakthrough of the Year Award’ and ‘Award for Most Played New Independent Act’ at ‘AIM Awards’. He took home the ‘BET Award for Best Group’ and the ‘Billboard Best Rap Song of the Year Award’ for ‘Thrift Shop’.

He also earned the ‘MTV Video Music Award’ for ‘Best Hip-Hop Video’ and ‘Best Cinematography’ for the single ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and ‘Best Video with a Social Message’ for ‘Same Love’. Along with Macklemore, he bagged the ‘Hip/Hop Artist’ and ‘Hip-Hop Track’ awards at the ‘Teen Choice Awards’.

In 2014, he won four Grammy’s including ‘Best Rap Album’, ‘Best new Artist’, ‘Best Rap Performance’, ‘Best Rap Song’ for ‘Thrift Song’ and ‘Favourite Hip Hop Artist’ at ‘People’s Choice Awards’.

In 2015, he received the ‘Best Video Award’ for ‘Downtown’ at the ‘MTV Europe Music Awards’ and the ‘iHeartRadio International Artist or Group MuchMusic Video Award’ in 2016.

Personal Life & Legacy

In December, 2015 Ryan Lewis proposed to his high school sweetheart, Jackie Ganger. The couple are presently gearing up for the ultimate white wedding.

Lewis currently resides at Seattle. He recently revealed that his mother acquired HIV from a blood transfusion after a delivery but none of her children have contracted the virus.

His mother battled the virus for 30 years and still survived. Thus, he has begun a project called 30/30, aiming to build health centres in United States and the globe to assist people living with HIV.

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Ryan Lewis awards

YearNameAward

Grammy Awards

2014Best Rap AlbumWinner
2014Best Rap PerformanceWinner
2014Best Rap SongWinner
2014Best New ArtistWinner

MTV Video Music Awards

2013Best CinematographyMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton: Can't Hold Us (2013)
2013Best Hip-Hop VideoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton: Can't Hold Us (2013)
2013Best Video with a Social MessageMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Mary Lambert: Same Love (2012)

People's Choice Awards

2014Favorite Hip-Hop ArtistWinner

Ryan Lewis biography timelines

  • // 25th Mar 1988
    Ryan was born to Julie and Scott Lewis on 25th March, 1988 at Spokane in Washington. He grew with his elder sisters, Teresa and Laura. Teresa is four years elder to him and Laura is two years older.
  • // 2006
    He met Ben Haggerty better known as Macklemore on the social networking site ‘Myspace’ in 2006. They became good friends, with Ryan assisting in Macklemore’s promotional photography.
  • // 2008
    Their first collaboration took place two years later in 2008, when Ryan performed with the rapper at the ‘Sasquatch Music Festival’ and ‘Outside Lands Music Festival’ in San Francisco.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, the single ‘Stay At Home Dad’ was released on free downloads. By October, he was ready with another EP titled ‘VS Redux EP’.
  • // 21st Jan 2011
    On 21st January, 2011 the song ‘Wings’ hit radios all over the globe. The song received great reviews and settled at number 12 on ‘US Billboard Hot 100’.
  • // 2012
    Another single named ‘Same Love’ was released in mid-2012. The album also featured guest artist ‘Schoolboy Q’ in the song ‘White Walls’. In August, the single ‘Thrift Shop’ was aired on the radio.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Lewis appeared on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’, where he performed the track ‘Same Love’ with Macklemore.
  • // 2012
    The single ‘Thrift Shop’ topped 24 music charts around the globe and reserved its position for six weeks on ‘Billboard Hot 100’. It was labelled the 18th best single of the year 2012 by ‘Entertainment Weekly’.
  • // 2013
    The year 2013 brought with it several accolades for Ryan Lewis. He won the ‘Favourite Rap/ Hip-Hop Album’ for Heist and ‘Best Single of the Year’ for ‘Thrift Shop’ at the ‘American Music Awards’.
  • // 2013
    Amongst other awards of 2013, he won the ‘Independent breakthrough of the Year Award’ and ‘Award for Most Played New Independent Act’ at ‘AIM Awards’. He took home the ‘BET Award for Best Group’ and the ‘Billboard Best Rap Song of the Year Award’ for ‘Thrift Shop’.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he won four Grammy’s including ‘Best Rap Album’, ‘Best new Artist’, ‘Best Rap Performance’, ‘Best Rap Song’ for ‘Thrift Song’ and ‘Favourite Hip Hop Artist’ at ‘People’s Choice Awards’.
  • // Jan 2014
    In January 2014, the hip-hop duo rendered the audience speechless with their zestful performance at the ‘56th Annual Grammy Awards’, before a year-long tour, promoting their first studio album.
  • // 2015
    By early 2015, Ryan had almost completed work on the duo’s second studio album. He announced on Twitter that the new album would release later that year.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, he received the ‘Best Video Award’ for ‘Downtown’ at the ‘MTV Europe Music Awards’ and the ‘iHeartRadio International Artist or Group MuchMusic Video Award’ in 2016.
  • // Aug 2015
    In order to satiate the gap between the two albums, he launched a single featuring the sensational pop-star, Ed Sheeran in August, 2015 called ‘Growing Up’.
  • // 27th Aug 2015
    On 27th August, 2015 he released another track with Macklemore called ‘Downtown’; it featured several artists and was performed at the ‘2015 MTV Music Video Awards’. The song booked the number 12 spot on ‘Billboard Hot 100’.
  • // Dec 2015
    In December, 2015 Ryan Lewis proposed to his high school sweetheart, Jackie Ganger. The couple are presently gearing up for the ultimate white wedding.
  • // 26th Feb 2016
    Immediately after the second single, songs such as ‘Buckshot’, ‘Spoons’ and ‘Dance Off’ were released and quickly began moving up the US music charts. On 26th February, 2016 his second studio album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ was launched.

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Ryan Lewis's FAQ

  • What is Ryan Lewis birthday?

    Ryan Lewis was born at 1988-03-25

  • Where is Ryan Lewis's birth place?

    Ryan Lewis was born in Spokane, Washington, United States

  • What is Ryan Lewis nationalities?

    Ryan Lewis's nationalities is American

  • How tall is Ryan Lewis?

    Ryan Lewis's height is 178

  • Who is Ryan Lewis's father?

    Ryan Lewis's father is Scott Lewis

  • Who is Ryan Lewis's mother?

    Ryan Lewis's mother is Julie Lewis

  • What is Ryan Lewis's sun sign?

    Ryan Lewis is Aries

  • How famous is Ryan Lewis?

    Ryan Lewis is famouse as Hip-hop Artist & DJ