Ryan was a singer and song writer years before Dead Man’s Bones experience. In the early 2000s he used to play in L.A. clubs and upload songs on his ‘My Space’ Channel.
You can listen to the songs by clicking on the title
Helpless: Cover Song written by the great Canadian Artist Neil Young.
Soul Decision was a Canadian band formed by Trevor Guthrie, a good friend of Ryan. While recording their album“No one does it better”, Ryan recorded the ‘Na Na Na …” chorus in the song.
Ryan Singing in his movies Soundtrack Credits:
2017 Song to Song (performer: “For Your Precious Love”, “Take Your Burden to the Lord”, “A Love Song”, “It Hurts to Be Alone”)
2016 La La Land (performer: “A Lovely Night”, “City of Stars (Pier)”, “City of Stars”)
2014 The Stairs (Short) (writer: “In the Room Where You Sleep”)
2014 Lost River (performer: “Lost River Dance”)
2013 The Conjuring (writer: “In the Room Where You Sleep”)
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines (performer: “Borriquito”)
2012 Dollhouse (writer: “Lose Your Soul”, “Dead Hearts”)
2011 Cinema 3 (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode) Episode dated 26 May 2011 (2011)
2010 Blue Valentine (performer: “Unicorn Tears”, “Smoking Gun Bleeding Knives”, “You Always Hurt the One You Love”) / (writer: “Unicorn Tears”, “Smoking Gun Bleeding Knives”). Ryan sings and plays ukulele for the song ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ a song from 1959 written by Allan Roberts. His cover is in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
2007 Lars and the Real Girl (Performer LOVE By Nat King Cole)
2004 Wild Roomies (writer: “The Pickup Song”, “Touch Me”, “Wake”)
I want to add to this list The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) Ryan sings in Spanish ‘Borriquito’. The song was written and sang by Peret in 1971.
La La Land (2016)
Ryan, as u all know, sings with Emma Stone ‘A lovely Night’ and ‘City of Stars’. He also plays jazz piano for real in the movie … What a man!
The composer of the OST of the movie Justin Hurwitz won 2 Grammys Awards in 2018 for best composition soundtrack and best score soundtrack for visual media.
‘City of Stars’ Song was nominated @ Grammys Awards 2018 in the category ‘Best Song Written For Visual Media’.
Song to Song (2016)
Ryan and the singer Lykke li, who plays a Ry’s Character former girlfriend in the movie, sing together an intimate cover of “It Hurts to Be Alone” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Gosling plays along on a mini Casio keyboard (a step down from that baby grand he worked as a jazz pianist in La La Land).
He also sings another cover song in the movie the 1961 Del Shannon hit.
First Man (2018)