Ryan Star

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Ryan Star (born January 7, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter and rock artist from Long Island, New York, currently signed on Island Records. His first major label record TV Music Award in May 2009.

His first single for Island Records, "Stay Awhile" reached No. 28 on Billboard Adult Pop Songs, and its music video has logged over 2 million views on YouTube to date.

"Stay Awhile" was released on iTunes August 14, 2012, and his next full-length album is expected early 2013.

Early life

Star was born Ryan Stahr Kulchinsky in Huntington, New York on Long Island, and grew up in nearby Dix Hills. He was 14 years old when he formed his first band called Stage. They released four EPs - "Black" in 1997, "Blue" in 1999, "White" in 2000 and "The Final" in 2004, and in 1995 studio album "Historical Underdosing" and a self-titled album on Maverick Records in 2003. While still in high school, the band played CBGB's and the Mercury Lounge.

When the band parted ways, Star became the solo artist R.Star and released his independently produced debut solo album Songs from the Eye of an Elephant on Stone Crow Records in 2005, some songs of Stage was re-recorded for the album (Perfect, Perfect Time Of Night (Back Of Your Car), "O", Sink Or Swim).


Star was a contestant on the second season of CBS' reality show Rock Star where Tommy Lee's band Supernova was looking for a lead singer to front the supergroup. On the show, Ryan consistently showed his diverse style from melodic and moving piano to rocking, and was nicknamed Ryan "The Darkhorse" Star by show commentator Dave Navarro. He was eventually eliminated, and days later, Mark Burnett, the show's producer, set up Ryan and the show's House Band to record a live album, to help Ryan jump start his career. He returned to the show on week 11 with the help of his fans through SMS voting, to perform an encore performance of "Back of Your Car", and was awarded a Honda CR-V.

Ryan Star appeared on the Rachael Ray show and performed "Breathe" and "Start a Fire" (aired October 6, 2010).

Ryan Star appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performed "Stay Awhile" (aired August 14, 2012)

Ryan Star and band performed "Stay Awhile" on VH1 Big Morning Buzz (aired September 7, 2012)


Atlantic Records released Last Train Home EP on June 16, 2009, of four songs to appear on Star's album.

The music video for "Breathe", premiered on CNN.com October 21, 2009, highlighted 18 unemployed people in various occupations and the website Ryan Star established breathe4jobs.com to allow potential employers to contact those appearing in the video. VH-1 interviewed Ryan Star on its VH-1 Top 20 show where he spoke of the positive effects of the video for his song "Breathe." One of the people in the video successfully found a job because of the video.

Star's first major label studio album, titled . The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart, and at No. 31 on Billboard.com.

Ryan Star released a free EP to his fans in January 2012, titled The America EP via Twitter and Facebook. The songs "Orphans" and "Somebody's Son" were initially meant to be released on '. The EP is dedicated to Star's grandfather who fought in World War II.

As Atlantic showed no interest to support his new song, Ryan Star recorded and self-released a music video for "Stay Awhile" in February 2012, getting attention from MTV Buzzworthy as a breakthrough hit. The video has reached over 1 million views on YouTube as of August 2012. The song also charted on Hot AC and Adult Pop Songs charts based on radioplay. Eventually, on August 6, 2012, Star and his management announced via Twitter that he had signed on with a new record label Island Records. Ryan Star said that he made his decision after consulting with Jon Bon Jovi, whose band has been on Island for 30 years. The label's reaction to his song meant a lot to him as well.

His latest single "Stay Awhile" was released via Island Records August 14, 2012. Ryan and his band made their late night television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the same day.


Ryan has been on the road in support of "Stay Awhile". Recently opening for Andy Grammer, Ryan has previously toured with Bon Jovi, Train, The Script, Rob Thomas, Collective Soul, O.A.R. and David Cook.

Star opened for Bon Jovi on three dates of their Bon Jovi Live tour in March 2011, and for the Goo Goo Dolls during the October"November 2011 stretch of their Something for the Rest of Us Tour.


"Last Train Home" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie P.S. I Love You (premiered December 21, 2007)
"This Could Be The Year" was featured on the WWE Survivor Series (aired November 23, 2008)
"Losing Your Memory" was featured on the episode 2x13 "Daddy Issues" of the Vampire Diaries (aired February 3, 2011)
"Brand New Day" was the theme song for the TV series Lie to Me (aired January 21, 2009 - January 31, 2011)
Besides his own music, Ryan Star has songwriting credits on other artists' releases, such as:

  • We are Unbreakable - Hedley
  • My Oh My - Tristan Prettyman
  • Screaming - James Durbin
  • Don't Stop - Electric Touch
  • Right Here With You - David Cook


Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions
US Rock
2005 Songs from the Eye of an Elephant 
  • Released: 2005
2006 Dark Horse " A Live Collection
  • Released: 2006
2010 '''''
  • Released: August 3, 2010
31 10
"—" denotes the album did not chart.


Year Album Peak chart positions
US Rock
2009 Last Train Home EP
  • Released: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Atlantic
2012 The America EP
  • Released: January 13, 2012 
  • Label: self-released
"—" denotes the album did not chart.


Year Single Peak chart positions    Album   
Adult Top40
Hot Dance
2009 "Last Train Home"
  • Released: February 3, 2009
  • Released: August 3, 2009
15 41 11:59
2010 "Start a Fire"
  • Released: September 14, 2010   
17 11:59
2012 "Stay Awhile"
  • Released: August 14, 2012 
"—" denotes the single did not chart.

Music videos

Year Video Album
2008 "Right Now" Last Train Home EP  
2009 "Last Train Home"   
"Breathe" '
2010 "Start a Fire"
2012 "Stay Awhile"

Other appearances

These songs have been released on albums that were not a studio album released by Star.

Year Song Album
2007 "Last Train Home" P.S. I Love You Soundtrack
2009 "Brand New Day" Lie to Me Soundtrack
On December 3, 2010, Ryan Star performed for the 101.9 FM Miracle on State Street in Chicago Illinois, along with Ingrid Michaelson, and Maroon 5.

Songs in other media

Year Title Type Song
2008 Survivor Series (2008) TV pay-per-view special theme song "This Could Be The Year"
2009 CCTV5 News Show: Total Soccer TV new program closing credits "Brand New Day"
Lie to Me TV series theme song "Brand New Day"
Major League Baseball TV sports program: 2009 Playoffs "Breathe"
One Life To Live TV series episode: "No One Ever Said It Would Be This Hard" "We Might Fall"
The Philanthropist TV series promos "Right Now"
2010 All My Children Episode airing 7/28/2010 "Breathe"
The Biggest Loser: Pay It Forward TV series: Week 10 "Breathe"
2011 The Vampire Diaries Episode 2-13 "Daddy Issues" airing 2/03/2011 "Losing Your Memory"
The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business TV series promos "This Could Be The Year"

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